Panther-Fibel

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Postby Dr Phibes » Fri Nov 05, 2021 6:58 pm

Today I received a couple of new books from the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset, including the Panther-Fibel. This is a faithful reproduction, translated into English, of the original Panther information and operating manual given to new tank crew as part of their training. Apart from the translation into English it is otherwise an accurate reproduction of the original and is intentionally quite humorous and jovial throughout. It was thought at the time that this would better maintain the attention of prospective Panther tankers, though I'm not so sure. It is apparently, though, both a funny and yet very insightful and informative publication (though I have not yet read it through myself :shh: ).
In any case the Tank Museum seem to have done an marvellous job with a novel project. Incidentally, they have also produced a 'Tiger-fibel' but I don't yet have that one.
Anyway, here are a few pages (click on to images enlarge);

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The inside of the front cover holds a couple extras, a small art poster of the Panther, and a Panther board game!

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At the back of the manual there are fold-outs with assessments of allied and Soviet tanks the Panther might come up against, and how to deal with them.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Nov 05, 2021 9:55 pm

Thanks, Doc! :D
By a happy coincidence, this is the tome I linked Eric 'EAO' to, in my recent thread on the fate of Brit-built Panthers. Now he, indeed we all, can see what a great coffee table piece it will be. Certainly an excusable must-have example of Christmas self-indulgence. :D :thumbup:

edit: The cheery-looking illustrations stand in stark contrast to the actual purpose of the tank, and its formidable weaponry. ;)
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Postby Dr Phibes » Sat Nov 06, 2021 3:46 pm

43rdRecceReg wrote:Thanks, Doc! :D
By a happy coincidence, this is the tome I linked Eric 'EAO' to, in my recent thread on the fate of Brit-built Panthers. Now he, indeed we all, can see what a great coffee table piece it will be. Certainly an excusable must-have example of Christmas self-indulgence. :D :thumbup:

edit: The cheery-looking illustrations stand in stark contrast to the actual purpose of the tank, and its formidable weaponry. ;)


I agree 43rd, the tone is jovial yet as you suggest the contrast with the intended function of these machines is evident. I'm not sure, given what we know was to follow at that time, whether it is comic or rather tragic! 8O That said it is, as you say, certainly a candidate for Christmas self-indulgence. A Panther enthusiast might even want to slip it into a Christmas list or two :D :shh: It isn't cheap at £35 however, although in my opinion well worth the investment for it's place in history and as an unusual discussion piece :thumbup: .
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Nov 07, 2021 7:08 am

I wish that was on the option list for the routine "secret Santa" this year :/
I was familiar with the Tiger Fibel, but was unaware of the Panther equivalent.
great post of overlooked Tank essentials :thumbup:
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:41 pm

Ooooh! "Friction!" Does she come with the book (which book I will order as soon as the money tree drops a few leaves)? Thanks for the tip on the Pantherfibel. I have two versions of the Tigerfibel, but wasn't even aware of the Pantherfibel.
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