This fighting vehicle was developed by the German company MAN in 1941-42 as the main tank for the Wehrmacht. The combat debut of the Panther was in the Battle of Kursk, later the tanks of this type acted on all European battle grounds. The Panther is considered the best German tank of the World War II. It was armed with a 75mm Rheinmetall-Borsig KwK 42 gun. Only the heavy armor of the Soviet IS-2 and the American M26 Pershing could resist the projectiles of the Panther.