| KwK 42 L/70 (late) (75mm)
- Accuracy: 7/10
- Rate of fire: 6 r/m
- Armor Piercing: 17
- High Explosive: 4
- Range: 1200m
| 3x MG 34 (7.92mm)
- Accuracy: 5/10
- Rate of fire: 326 r/m
- High Explosive: 7
- Range: 600m
|Speed||23 km/h (73 km/h on roads)|
Bef. Panther is a German Tank unit. It is one of the most powerful command tank units in the game, as it combines excellent firepower with frightening accuracy. As a leader unit, it inspires nearby units but is a formidable adversary in its own right. Interestingly enough, its cost remains the same as that of a normal panther G, making it a very valuable unit for its price.
A completely new medium tank design, the Panther was the result of a rapid development program meant to reestablish tank parity on the Eastern Front. Although initial work started in 1938, it wasn't until the superior T-34 and KV series tanks demonstrated the need for a new tank capable of fighting them on equal terms. Two competing designs were submitted by Daimler-Benz and MAN, with the contract eventually awarded to the latter. The prototype was completed in September 1942, with the first Panthers rolling off the assembly line in January 1943.
Ausfuhrung A was introduced in August 1943 and represented a significant improvement over Panther D. Numerous tweaks and modifications were introduced, including a more reliable cooling system, upgraded turret, and overall significantly improved reliability. 2 200 Ausf. As were produced before production switched to the final and most powerful variant of the tank, Panther G.
The 14 frontal armour and the gun (accuracy 7) indicate that this command vehicle is a modified Panther G.
The Bef. Panther is the answer to nearly all Allied armour, as it is a two-star veteran unit sporting a very accurate and powerful gun. These two factors conspire to create a frighteningly accurate tank that will only need to fire two shells at most to ensure a hit. In addition, it is a leader unit, making it a very powerful unit that does not cost more than a normal Panther G. This usually means that the Bef.Panther is automatically included in the two divisions that field this unit, 12. SS-Panzer and Panzer-Lehr.
While the bef. Panther will have no trouble dealing with enemy tanks, anti-tank guns remain a problem. It does not possess a powerful HE shell capable of quickly knocking out soft targets and the 17-pdr is capable of frontally piercing its armour. As with all panthers, its sides are particularly vulnerable, especially from aerial strikes, which can easily panic this elite unit.
The bef. Panther could be used to form the centre of an armoured thrust or as an enhanced Panther G. Only one pack of one bef. panther is available for battlefield deployment, so this prized unit should not be squandered.