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    Ivan Sorensen
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    Was reading the other day and came across a comment in the book that half the Panthers in use in the Normandy break outs broke down.

    Does anyone have a good source on this and how accurate it might be? Particularly “broke down and irreparable” or abandoned tanks.

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    #76718
    kyoteblue
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    Lack of fuel, bad transmissions or just throwing a track will take out a tank.

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    Ivan Sorensen
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    Sure the question is more the number

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    #76720
    kyoteblue
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    Panzer Lehr had 20 Panthers in Normandy so 10 out of 20 sounds about right. The Panther was not that robust mechanically.

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    MartinR
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    Without seeing the overall context (time period, circumstances, other related stats eg is it comparing to destroyed and abandoned vehicles?) it is very hard to comment. WW2 tanks were very unreliable in general, and could be taken out of action by very minor repairable damage. But if the crews or repair teams didn’t get a chance to effect those repairs, then the vehicles would be lost.

    In Normandy, the units equipped with Panthers and Tigers achieved operational rates of 50 to 60%, as long as the front was fairly static. Not hugely worse than BAOR Regiments equipped with Chieftans:) But yes, I can well imagine that a high proportion of vehicles lost at Fala is were abandoned with mechanical faults.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

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