Panzer Tracts No.16-1 – Bergepanther book.
While researching Panzer Tracts No.16-1, the Panzer Tracts team made important discoveries. The history of the Bergepanther has been difficult to unravel: first, there was a lack of clarity in the original German documentation; second, 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 they 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 are seen for the first time. Furthermore, this book can be considered the best source of reference for the Takom 1/35th scale Bergepanther model kit.