Foreign Panthers

Foreign Panthers

The Panzer V in British, Soviet, French and other service 1943–58

New Vanguard 313
  • Author: Thomas Seignon, Merlin Robinson
  • Illustrator: Henry Morshead
  • Short code: NVG 313
  • Publication Date: 24 Nov 2022
  • Number of Pages: 48
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A study of the little-known career of Germany's Panther, perhaps the greatest tank of World War II, in foreign hands both during and after the war.

The Panther was arguably the most successful medium tank design of World War II, demonstrated by the number of Germany's enemies that used them after, and even during the war.

While some were used by the Western Allies, the Russians used the greatest number of captured Panthers against Nazi Germany, though they did not find much favour thanks to their mechanical unreliability and difficulty in acquiring spare parts. After the war, they were mostly passed on to satellite states such as Bulgaria and Romania. The French army also used them in significant numbers after the war with approximately 50 in service from 1946 to 1950, and they were a significant influence on future French tank design.

Using detailed artwork and contemporary photographs, this fascinating book tells the little-known story of the Panther tank in foreign hands in World War II and beyond.

Biographical Note

M.P. Robinson is a Canadian author who lives with his wife and five children near Toronto, Canada. He has a BA (Hons) History from York University, and has authored or co-authored eight books and numerous articles on armoured vehicles and armoured warfare. His historical interest in politics and warfare spans from ancient times up to the present day.Colonel Thomas Seignon, an active army officer, has served in the Armour branch from platoon leader to battalion commander. Having a passion for armoured vehicles history, he has authored numerous articles plus two books on the subject and is an active member of the French tank museum board and scientific council. He is 56 years old, married and has three children, which does not prevent him from using the train on a weekly basis between the Joint Staff in Paris and his home in Saumur, in the Loire valley.


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Technical evaluation of the Panther by British, Canadian, US and Soviet forces during and after the war
Use of captured Panthers by Soviet, British, French and Polish forces during the war
Postwar use of the Panther
Impact of the Panther on postwar French tank design
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