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Old 02-14-2020, 01:44 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

Panther Ausf. A (''Gerda"") which was attached to the Panzer Lehr division in 1944, fought at Tilly sur Seulles and the battle of Saint Lo.

My question is are there any images/photos of this tank knocked out ? which would have been in and around the Saint Lo area the month of July.

I think its tank Nr. 234 ?

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Old 02-14-2020, 04:11 PM   #2
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Old 02-14-2020, 04:47 PM   #3
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Hi,

i'm reposting this well known picture which was colorized by Doug of WW2 Colourised Photos for the WAF archives.

I suspect that the two Panther shown on the picture were destroyed on the road, and where pushed on the side later by Allied engineers.

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Two knocked-out German Pz.V 'Panther' tanks of 1./Pz.Rgt.6 on the outskirts of Lingèvres, Normandy, France.
20 June 1944.
(the nearest tank could be Nr.234 'Gerda')

A Sherman 'FIREFLY' of 'A' squadron, (17 Pounder Gun), 4/7th. Royal Dragoon Guards, commanded by Sgt. W. Harris had spectacular success on 13/14th June 1944 when five 'Panther' tanks were knocked out, thereby securing the village of Lingèvres.
Sgt Harris was awarded a DMC and his gunner, Trooper MacKillop got a Mention in Despatches for destroying 5 Panthers with as many shots

Five Panzerkampfwagen V 'Panther' tanks (inc Nr. 234 'Gerda') arrived at Pallières, a farm near Juaye-Mondaye (5km from Lingevres), on 10 June 1944. The unit was sent to support Pz.Aufkl.-Lehr-Abt. 130. The Panthers belonged to the 2. Kompanie of I./Panzer-Regiment 6 from 3.Panzer-Division.

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Hi,

another colorized picture of the famous Panzer-Lehr Panther meeting on June 10, 1944. "Gerda" is in the centre.

Colorized by Royston Leonard.

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#1 Five Panzerkampfwagen V 'Panther' tanks (Nr. 234 'Gerda' in the centre) arrive at Pallières, a farm near Juaye-Mondaye, at about 15:30 on 10 June 1944. The unit was sent to support Pz.Aufkl.-Lehr-Abt. 130. The Panthers belong to the 2. Kompanie of I./Panzer-Regiment 6 from 3.Panzer-Division. The I./Panzer-Regiment 6 had recently been attached to Panzer-Lehr-Regiment 130 as the I. Bataillon of that unit. It would become I./Pz.-Lehr-Rgt. 130 at a later date.

#2 130. Panzer Lehr Division officers study a map of the region surrounding Tilly-sur-Seulles

A short timeline of events leading up to this event:

4 June – I./Pz.Rgt. 6 is loaded on trains to move east to Russia

5 June – First train of I./Pz.Rgt. 6 arrived in Magdeburg, Germany (the last train was still in Paris). It may be possible that these last 5 Panthers were never loaded onto a transport train.

6 June – Trains carrying I./Pz.Rgt. 6 ordered back to France

10 June – 5 Panthers of 2. Kompanie I./Pz.Rgt. 6 arrive at Juaye-Mondaye

15 June – Main body of I./Pz.Rgt. 6 arrives in the sector

Details of the five Panthers:

Nr. 234 'Gerda' – Panther Ausf. A
Nr. 2?? 'Christel' – Panther Ausf. A turret on an Ausf. D hull
Nr. 2?? 'Helsa' – Panther Ausf. A
Nr. 2?? – Panther Ausf. A
Nr. 2?? – Panther Ausf. A

(Nb. the pic shows the muzzle of the 7.5 cm KwK 42 L/70 gun)

When the Allied invasion came, Panzer Lehr Division was one of the strongest divisions in the German Army, with 109 tanks, forty assault guns, and 612 half-track vehicles (double the normal Panzer div's component.)
The division was rushed to Normandy and thrown into the Battle of Caen, where it helped to halt Montgomery's advance, but at a terrible cost.
On the 25th of June it had only sixty-six tanks left, and by the 25th of July its combined tank/assault gun total stood at fifty.
Sent to oppose the American advance from St Lo, it was struck by 1,600 US. heavy and medium bombers on July 25th.
Two days later, the divisional commander reported Panzer Lehr as "finally annihilated".

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Old 02-15-2020, 07:19 PM   #5
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Hello Vince,

Thank you for your input and I am aware of this information, but there are no clear images or (side shots) of the 2x Panther tanks at Lingèvres, to say that one of them could be "Gerda 234" is clearly a guess.

The reason I mentioned in my first post..'Saint Lo area and the month of July' is that I have been researching some photos in my collection that may clear up some speculation ?? and past info discussion
on forums regarding what happened to Panther "Gerda" and where is was destroyed and knocked out ?? ....trying to piece the puzzle so to speak.

Im really trying to find images of knocked out Panther Ausf. A tanks from US aerial bombardment or artillery fire carried out during the battle of Saint Lo on Thursday July 13th and Friday July 14th.

I will continue researching, talk soon. Thank you

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