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The Grandmenil Panther Ausf G - Battle of the Bulge
Old 08-17-2015, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default The Grandmenil Panther Ausf G - Battle of the Bulge

Here are some photos of the Grandmenil Panther Ausf G. This Panther belonged to the 2 SS Panzerdivision Das Reich. This one was left behind on December 26 1944 in the Battle of the Bulge.

The vehicle is not in the best shape (wheels, tracks, muzzle, exhaust pipes, fenders... are missing)
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Thanks for the fotos - sorry to see the tree has gone since my last visit
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Thanks for the fotos - sorry to see the tree has gone since my last visit
But you have a better view on the tank now
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:28 PM   #7
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Its a shame that the parts are missing! Are people pinching the parts for rebuilds projects or just to sell them on! I think if they don't do something to stop the thefts there will only be a shell left!

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Its a shame that the parts are missing! Are people pinching the parts for rebuilds projects or just to sell them on! I think if they don't do something to stop the thefts there will only be a shell left!

Lou
It is known that people took of the parts (souvenir or I don't know what they did with it). It is even written on the panel on the other side of the street. It really is a shame (check my other thread about the German "Fresco's" of Batterie Todt and look what they've done to it)
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While it has great historical significance in it's present spot, it is a crying shame to let such a treasure waste away like that.
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Does someone have pictures of this specific tank taken in the 60ies or 70ies ? I persume that at least some of the missing parts were already taken off short after the war, in a time when all the other tanks were completely scrapped... the Panther in Celles - for examlpe - was allready stripped to the same state as it can be seen today when I first saw it in 1982. Only the camo paint was aplied later on ...

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Maybe, some interior photos?
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It will be impossible to post some recent interior photos because the tank is "sealed". You will have to open te hatches with special tools.
Maybe there are some old pictures of the interior. But as there are no pictures of this particular tank from the 60ie or 70ies I'm afraid there will be none of the interior.

I think this one has still its engine aboard
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Such a piece of history like this should be in a museum, not in the open so anyone can scrap it or commit acts of vandalism
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Such a piece of history like this should be in a museum, not in the open so anyone can scrap it or commit acts of vandalism
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I can't agree more with you. They should put it inside and refurbish it completely.
(like the Panther confiscated in Germany)
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Maybe, some interior photos?
I was inside in the early 90s, but none of us thought about taking pics back then. I remember the gearbox was there, and some other big pieces. Small stuff was long gone. All was painted in primer red.
Also, the original hatch on the rear of the turret was still there, party open.

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