Jagdpanther Tactics

Jagdpanther Tactics

The Jagdpanther was differently employed than regular tank destroyers like the Jagdpanzer IV. In this video we look at German primary sources on how the Jagdpanther should be used and also a bit at those for the Jagdpanzer IV. Parts of this video were filmed with the Jagdpanther of the German Panzermuseum Munster.

English Channel of the Panzermuseum: https://www.youtube.com/c/GermanTankMuseum
German Channel of the Panzermuseum: https://www.youtube.com/c/DasPanzermuseum/featured

Disclaimer: I was invited by the Deutsche Panzermuseum in 2020.

Cover: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-717-0017-12 / Jesse / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Cover colorization and modification design by vonKickass.

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BArch, RH 10/433: Merkblatt 75a/20: Vorläufige Richtlinien für den Einsatz der schweren Panzerjäger V „Jagdpanther” vom 14. 6. 44.

BArch, RH 10/427: Merkblatt 75/3: Richtlinien für Einsatz und Verwendung der Panzerjäger-Kompanie 7,5/IV (neu) vom 2. 10. 43.

Condell, Bruce (ed.); Zabecki, David T. (ed.): On the German Art of War. Truppenführung. Stackpole Books: Mechanicsburg, PA, USA, 2009 (2001).

H. Dv. 470/6: Ausbildungsvorschrift für die Panzertruppe. Heft 6: Die leichte Panzerkompanie. Ernst Siegfried Mittler und Sohn, Berlin, Germany, 2. September 1940.

Kast, Bernhard; Bergs, Christoph: German Army Regulation on the Medium Tank Company – H. Dv. 470 Mittlere Panzerkompanie from May 1941 – Deutsch / English. Bernhard Kast: Linz, Austria, 2020.

Merkblatt 47a/29: Merkblatt für Ausbildung und Einsatz der schweren Panzerkompanie Tiger vom 20. 5. 43.

Jentz, Thomas L.; Doyle, Hilary Doyle: Panzer Tracts No.9-3 “Jagdpanther” Panzerjaeger Panther (8.8 cm) (Sd.Kfz.173) Ausf.G1 und G2. Panzer Tracts: Boyds, MD, USA: 2005.



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  1. » Errors, Corrections & Clarifications
    02:03 note that "Obere Führung" at late-war meant Heerestruppen so above division command, usually assigned to a corps or an army command. The definition from Truppenführung is pre-war and although used also in late-war instructions, the situation was quite different to 1934. Thank you to Dr. Roman Töppel for that correction.
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  2. The major German strategy flaw was that they were designing superior but prohibitively expensive weapons and THEN expecting them to be used in mass formations and for short periods of times to do proper maintenance. It's like having a cake and eating it too. it was practically impossible to employ these few superior weapons effectively as they were designed to do.

  3. Yes, MHV! I need more of these tactical instructions and manuals in my life. Since our only source for realism is video-games, and the very rare actual pieces of footage from the time, finding out how they REALLY did things is very important for me.

  4. Love seeing terrible armored sections in PostScriptum waste Stugs and such.
    By not common sense
    (everything in that field manual)
    only should come out to engage enemy armor if spotted by infantry coordinating closely with armor.

  5. Informative, the tactics work in Warthunder, more importantly once you knock out a tank you must move because theirs a high chance that when he respawns his come for you.

  6. My grandfather was a panzerjager in a Marder and then a Panzerjager L70. From what I remember, he told me they were used to protect the flanks and in an ambush role

  7. For those interested in de use of Jagdpanthers in operations: there is a dissertation written by Jack Didden(in English) which you can download from the Radboud Universtity for free. See the link below. It is a detailed description of the operations by Kampfgruppe Chill. KG Chill was an ad hoc unit used in most of the operations during the early fall of 1944 in the Southern Netherlands, including Market Garden and the battles to clear the access to the Port of Antwerp. Core units came from the 85th Infantry Division, but the core fighting units for most of its existence were fallschirmjaeger regiments(including the 6th) backed up on a regular basis by Jagdphanters and Stugs from sHPzJgAbt 559.
    Interesting detail: the sHPzJgAbt 559
    was a mixed unit of Jagdpanthers and Stugs.

  8. Eu venho nesse canal para aprender táticas alemãs para por em prática no company of heroes, e com certeza não é a primeira vez e nem a última.

    Aprendi aqui a tática de sobreposição de fogo com metralhadoras leves como principais e as MGs-42 com elemento surpresa no fim do cone da morte, coloquei em prática e funcionou perfeitamente kskks.