The French Panther Tanks were used by the French Army for a limited evaluation period and were never regarded as a serving combat ready unit.

The French ‘6eme Regiment de Cuirassier’ was a cavalry regiment. The 503e RCC French Army regiment was also equipped with German Panther tanks.

Neither regiment fielded more than a full squadron of German tanks at a time. The Panther’s were used for as long as ammunition, spare parts or mechanical reliability held out.

The Panther tank, officially Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (abbreviated PzKpfw V) with ordnance inventory designation: Sd.Kfz. 171, is a German medium tank of World War II. It was used on the Eastern and Western Fronts from mid-1943 to the end of the war in May 1945.

On 27 February 1944 it was redesignated to just PzKpfw Panther, as Hitler ordered that the Roman numeral “V” be deleted. In contemporary English-language reports it is sometimes referred to as the “Mark V”.

Designer: MAN AG

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