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Old 04-11-2007, 03:41 AM
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Leibstandarte's Panthers in Italy

During Op. Zitadelle Leibstandartes I. Abteilung was back in Germany for training on the Panther. Lehmann mentions in Vol. 3 of "History of the Leibstandarte" that the Abteilung joined her Division "in August in Italy".

As i have so far only seen photos of Leibstandarte's Panthers (early Ausf. A) in whitewash during their third time in Russia (November 1943 - March 1944), can someone please point out where to find photos of the "italian Panthers"? Were they as colourful as the Tigers of 13. Kompanie?

They should be some Ausf. D and some very early Ausf. A (and all of them without Zimmerit), i assume, as production of the Ausf. A just started during August. Afaik this bunch of Panthers was exchanged for newer ones early in November due to their low reliability. As Leibstandarte started their move to the east at the end of October, when did this exchange happen?

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Stefan
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