Originally Posted by Hanov
Guys. Wow. You re amazing.
Could it also be a Jagdpanther?!?
The member who first
correctly identified and stated the basic type of that AFV, in this thread, does not consider himself to be in any way "amazing".
However, he is unable to guess what those who followed
might think of themselves.
Jagdpanther? I would say, 99 percent sure it's not.
For a start, the Jagdpanther was a very rare vehicle compared to the Panther which reduces that possibility (but of course, does not eliminate it).
Perhaps more telling are the physical shape and dimensions of the Jagdpanther's fixed superstructure, which was both high and wide.
It was formed by a continuation in height, of the glacis (main hull upper front plate) and the superstructure sides; and, as a structure, was exceptionally strong.
I would not expect it to collapse even if the AFV was blown over onto its back.
If it was so badly damaged in a bombardment that it had collapsed, I would expect to see evidence of that in the photo. There is none.
I also see no sign of the gun, which was in a fixed mount (rather than being in a turret, which - if the vehicle was subjected to heavy bombardment - could have been blown away);
although I guess it is not impossible for the fixed gun of a Jagdpanther to part company totally from the vehicle and finish up some distance away - but rather unlikely IMO if the superstructure itself remained intact.
From the photo, it is difficult to see the pannier lower edge.
If we could see that clearly, a level edge (rather than an edge sloping downwards from front to rear) would completely exclude the Jagdpanther without question.