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Posted: January 24, 2009 04:53 pm
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MMM,

This is not a chat room. Accuracy of historical data is important here and I suppose it should also be important in the PhD you are working on. And, btw, 11 Tigers if used properly could really make their presence felt in a tactical situation.
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Posted: January 24, 2009 05:54 pm
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Of course. I got carried away a little. I know very well that even ONE Tiger could make a difference, provided it was manned properly. The idea is that sources may differ, but not considerably. I remember that in 2000, when writing my graduation, I found two diferent figures concerning the number of Panther tanks used in the last Ardennes offensive (16 dec. 1944). One author told about 500+ Panthers and another about 54 or something like that. Given the fact that the WHOLE production of Panthers throughout the last years of war was a little more than 2000 units, it was clear which of the two historians were right. So I know about my differences :)
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Posted: January 26, 2009 02:09 pm
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Panther production figures:
1944: 4,003
1945: 705 (Jan.-May)
for the last 16 months of the war the Panther production was 4,708 units or about 72% of the entire Pzkpfw. V production.

I don't think any of the 2 figures is correct. several authors give different numbers of german tanks, most often i see around 500 medium tanks deployed, of which the distribution between the Pz. IV and Pz.V is roughly 50-50, therefore, you'd get around 200-250 Panthers.

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Posted: January 26, 2009 05:57 pm
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Interesting. However, at that moment (spring 2000), I couldn't have found that sort of infos on the Net, even if I had access to it.
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Anyway, I was quoting very roughly, from memory, as I don't have anymore my papers... :angry:

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