Panzer Tracts No. 16-1 – Bergepanther book.
The Panzer Tracts team made important discoveries when researching for this book. The history of the Bergepanther has been difficult to unravel: firstly, there was a lack of clarity in the original German documentation; secondly, the Allies were only interested in the vehicle equipped with the 40t winch and associated spade. Now, Panzer Tracts can reveal a much more complete story of the Bergepanther which was essential to the functioning of Panther and Tiger units. Besides the Ausf.A & G we found three different versions converted from the turretless Pz.Kpfw.Panther chassis! Two were new vehicles while the final one was rebuilt from large numbers of Panther Ausf.D in a previously undocumented factory. Between 25% and 30% of all Bergepanthers were turretless Panther chassis. Hundreds of hours were spent accurately measuring surviving vehicles and drawing at full-scale to create accurate as-built drawings. This 84-page Panzer Tracts book is the ultimate primary source reference on the Bergepanther with more than 21 pages of 1/35 scale drawings and 82 clear, large-format photos, many which have never been seen before.