- "Damn you! Our tracks are really heavy!"
- ―Jagdpanther Commander
The Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther (ordnance inventory designation Sd. Kfz. 173) was a German tank destroyer built upon the chassis of the modified Panther, known for its very sloped frontal armor and its powerful 8.8 cm anti-tank gun. It first appeared in the anime in Episode 10.
BackgroundThe project for a heavy standard tank destroyer Jagdpanther was started in 1942, in order to create a vehicle with strong and balanced performance, as the Elefant proved to be too heavy and sluggish, while the Jagdpanzer IV was too small and flawed. It was planned to use the modified hull of the Panther, and its sloped frontal plate was extended upwards to create a fixed superstructure to mount a 8.8 cm PaK 43 L/71 Anti-Tank Gun.
Production was started on January 1944, but due to major disruption to the overburdened German industry and the complexity of the vehicle, only 415 were built before the end of the war.
With very thick sloped frontal armor, excellent firepower (the 88 mm gun could destroy any Allied armoured vehicle), and decent mobility (also exempt of the Panther's weakness: the final drive), the Jagdpanther proved to be a lethal tank destroyer. However, the inability to produce them in large numbers, a lack of fuel supplies, and the threat of incoming air strikes were the main drawbacks of the Jagdpanther production. The Jagpanther was very capable enough for both offensive and defensive roles, as its mobility, gun, and armor were all balanced well enough to counter any type enemy tank or fortification.
In Girls Und Panzer
Three schools are using the Jagdpanther - a model produced from September to December 1944, recognizable by its gun mask secured by eight bolts, and by caltrops and ventilation grilles of the engine, identical to those of the Panther Ausf.A :
The Jagdpanther is used as one of the 'heavy hitters' of the team. Serving alongside Maho Nishizumi's main force, during the Finals against Ooarai Girls High School and commanded by Jagdpanther Commander, it participated in the initial assault and push against the enemy tanks. However, during the pursuit it was ambushed by Turtle Team in their Hetzer, who immobilized it by destroying its tracks. After its crew repaired the track and moved to rejoin the main force, it was ambushed again by the Hetzer and its tracks were destroyed a second time, much to the annoyance of its commander. It later participated in the last phase of the match, trying to knock out Ooarai's Tiger (P) (which was blocking the entrance to the area where the flag tanks from both schools were engaged in a battle).
A Jagdpanther is used as a training vehicle, which appears briefly during a training match, when it is knocked out by an M4 Sherman.
The Jagdpanther is one of the tanks the Kawashiba Sisters buy for the Sensha-do team, as-per Emi Nakasuga's request. It is commanded by Neko Yamamori, who uses its sloped armor and 88mm gun to great and devastating effects on the front-line. It is commonly used by Neko to charge the enemy head on, taking out heavy tanks with her aggressive tactics.
- Weight : 46 tons
- Length : 9.87 m
- Width : 3.43 m
- Height : 2.71 m
- Main Armament : 1 x 8.8 cm PaK 43 L/71 Anti-Tank Gun
- Secondary Armament : 1 x 7.92 mm MG 34 Machine Gun
- Hull Armor / Superstructure Armor:
- Front : 80 mm / 80 mm
- Sides : 45 mm / 50
- Rear : 40 mm / 40 mm
- Engine : V-12 Maybach HL230 P30 700 PS (690 hp)
- Speed : 46 km/h