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Posted on Sep 19, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Military Odyssey, 2005

Armchair General

JAGDPANTHER

This was definitely one of the highlights of the show – a fully restored and operational Jagdpanther in all its glory. Again, I’ve seen one of these at Bovington, but this example was simply stunning – and a true labour of love for its owner who was on hand to talk to the visitors crawling all over it.

Jagdpanther literally means "Hunting Panther", a name coined by Adolf Hitler at the time production of the model commenced in 1944. Based on a modified Panther chassis, the vehicle sported a massive 88mm main gun of the same type as the King Tiger.

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A scaffold gantry had been built so guests could view this incredible machine from all angles – including the complete interior and the immaculate gun mechanism.

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Here are a couple of shots of the flanks of this massive beast,

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And finally, a shot of the 7.92mm machine gun in the front.

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