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German Sd. Kfz. 173 Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer with Zimmerit - "302", schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 654, Normandy, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL230 P30 Engine]

Forces of Valor German Sd. Kfz. 173 Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer with Zimmerit - "302", schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 654, Normandy, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL230 P30 Engine]




 
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* Note: Includes a bonus V-12 Maybach HL 230 P30 engine enclosed in the packaging
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Forces of Valor FOV801007A German Sd. Kfz. 173 Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer with Zimmerit - "302", schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 654, Normandy, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL230 P30 Engine] (1:32 Scale) "We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"

In the fall of 1942, the German Waffenamt issued an order to develop a heavy assault gun to combat the growing menace posed by Russian armored forces all along the eastern front. What resulted was the Sd. Kfz. 173 Jagdpanther tank destroyer, arguably the best long-range tank destroyer of the war. The Jagdpanther mounted a powerful 8.8cm Pak L/71 cannon within a fixed turret, which was situated atop a standard Panther V chassis. Although production of the tank was begun at MIAG in January 1944, it took another ten months before the larger NMH plant could expand the production run in time for the "Wacht am Rhein" counteroffensive. By war's end only 392 vehicles had entered service with the Wehrmacht, but these had a telling effect on the prosecution of the war.

This particular 1:32 scale replica of a German Sd. Kfz. 173 Jagdpanther tank destroyer with zimmerit anti-magnetic mine coating was attached to Panzerjager Abteilung 654 and used in the Normandiefront sector in 1944. Pre-order! Ship Date: January 2020.

Dimensions:
Length: 10-1/2-inches
Width: 3-1/2-inches

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Historical Account: "Heavyweight Class" - The schwere Panzerjager-Abteilung 654 was formed in September 1943 from Panzerjager-Abteilung 654 and was equipped with Ferdinand tank destroyers. In June, it was transferred to the Eastern Front where it remained until the end of the year as II./Panzerjager-Regiment 656.

In 1944, it became the first unit to be re-equipped with Jagdpanthers (it would be the only unit equipped only with that type of tank destroyer), the first two vehicles arrived at the Panzerjager school in Mielau in late March but training had also to be done using Bergepanthers due to the lack of vehicles. On June 15th, it had still only received eight Jagdpanthers but the usable elements of the unit was loaded onto trains and sent to Normandy with more elements arriving as the Jagdpanthers became available. It was attached to the Panzer-Lehr-Division beyween June 27th-29th and then to XXXXVII Panzer-Korps. On July 1st, they had 25 Jagdpanthers ready for action and on July 28th they had 21 with four being repaired. Later in July it was attached to LXXIV Armeekorps. On August 1st, they had only eight Jagdpanthers ready for action with 16 under repair and 16 additional Jagdpanthers were sent to the unit to bring it up to strength. On September 9th, 1944, it was ordered to withdraw to the Grafenwohr camp to be rebuilt up to the official strength of 45 Jagdpanthers.

In November it was back in action on the western front, this time with LXIII Armeekorps. On December 1st, the unit reported 25 Jagdpanthers ready for action.

Features
  • Diecast metal and plastic construction
  • Includes commander to direct the battle
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Tank tracks rolls along a working suspension
  • Main gun elevates
  • Hatches open
  • Comes with bonus Maybach HL230 P30 engine
  • Comes with over-sized decorative base

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