The jagdpanther t shirt that I feature in my store, Achtung T Shirt, has been a big seller since it became on of the many tees in my German Panzer Tank t shirt category. I have 2 Jagdpanther tee’s in this category and the one with the side 3/4 profile is the most popular of the 2. Now the tiger tank and panther tank t shirts sell very well due to the popularity of the panzers, but the Jagdpanther has really surprised me.
heres some more info on the Jagdpanther:
A heavy tank destroyer design founded upon the 88 mm Pak 43 artillery and the Panther tank frame was ordered in late 1942 as design SdKfz 173. Production started in early 1944; at the same time Hitler specified the Jagdpanther (“hunting panther”) name.
To suit the heavier-calibre gun, very much like the former Jagdpanzer-style unturreted tank destroyers, the sides of the Panther tank were extended up into an integral, turret less fixed case mate as part of the main hull itself to provide a roomy interior. Both the Panther Ausf. G and Jagdpanther had side armor of increased elevation to enhance this effect even further and to harmonize production.
It was armed with an anti-tank version of the same long-barreled 88 mm gun as the Tiger II and a 7.92 mm MG-34 machine gun in the front glacis plate for local defence. The Jagdpanther had a good power-to-weight ratio and a powerful main gun, which enabled it to destroy any type of Allied tank. Because it was based on the existing Panther tank chassis, the vehicle didn’t endure too many mechanical problems. It was manned by a crew of 5, a driver, radio-operator, commander, gunner, and a loader.
Two versions can be distinguished, one with a welded steel band around the primary gun mantlet and the other with a bolted-on band. The versions with the bolted-on ring were equipped with Pak 43/4 gun. Early Jagdpanthers had a monobloc gun barrel and two vision openings for the driver, whereas late versions had only one.