Hello everyone, here are the results of the Panther DVD Competition, in which you can win the Panther DVDs :) The questions I asked were: 1. At one point, German engineers proposed a close-support direct fire assault gun based on the Panther chassis. What was its name, what was it supposed to be armed with? (Hint: there was more than one, if you know the other one, I will be impressed) Answer: Sturmpanzer Panther (or Sturmmörser Panther). There were actually two versions. One was with the 150mm StuH 43 variant, mounted in turret. The other was basically a Sturmgeschütz with a 210mm mortar (no drawings were found, pretty obscure stuff). 2. The last variant that was actually built (if only partially) of the Panther was the Panther Ausf.F – what were the differences between the Ausf.F and earlier variants? (Hint: the entire variant, not only the hull) What was it armed with? Answer: The answer could be found in this post. Depends how far you are willing to go, but if you went with the top armor changes, the redesigned crew hatches and the Schmalturm with stereoscopic rangefinder and improved optics. The gun was 75mm KwK 44/1, but keep in mind that the 88mm L/71 in Schmalturm was NOT a part of the Ausf.F variant. 3. Which countries after the war used the Panther (any of its variants) or considered its use? (even “stored in reserve” counts) – name at least 4 Answer: This one was a bit tricky, the important part was “after the war” and “used or considered its use”, which does NOT include simply testing a specimen. The correct answer I had in mind was: Germany (Germans considered restarting the Panther production, France, Czechoslovakia and Romania). Bulgaria would be acceptable as well, but Sweden, America, Britain, Japan, USSR and other countries never really considered their use after the war, they just tested it vehicle. Therefore, if you went with the wiki article, you most likely got it wrong. I considered the answer correct, if the answer had incorrect parts, but included the correct parts as well (for example, if you listed 6 countries and 4 were correct). I recieved 77 e-mails with answers, of which 23 were correct. The most common mistake was to take the wikipedia list of foreign Panther users and use it as an answer for the third question. Second most common mistake was to list 88mm L/71 as an Ausf.F gun (it was not) and third most common mistake was to include Jagdpanther in the first answer. It wasn’t hard to pick 18 winners out of 23 answers, but I would like to thank everyone for participating. The winners are: Srdo (EU), sov_ddb (RU), Pentti_Perusinsinoori (EU), Panzer_Fenris (EU), Llares (EU), Avalanche_2 (EU), kiflajiq (EU), redblurr (NA), Toiski (EU), ChielScape (EU), Lonewolf89 (EU), LtPineapple (EU), marcusanton (EU), Jagdwehrwolf (EU), Tenkaido (EU), beczl (EU), DemolitionDmitrij (EU), Zygzak191 (EU) Now I am going to need the shipping address for the winners. Some already sent it to me in the initial e-mail, will wait for the rest and then I will send the prizes en-masse. I would appreciate if you took time to e-mail me that address (to competitionftr@centrum.cz) as soon as possible. To all of you, once again, thanks for participating :)

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