Actually it's not a hull design at all. It's an add-on paste you can apply to it. The stuff is called zimmerit Anti-Magnetic Paste. Once developed, germans used to put it on everything they had, but then as the war progressed they stopped due the to curing process of the past slowing down production. The job of the past is to prevent magnetic contact between the tank hull and magnetic mines. This prevents the mine from attaching and detonating, which saves the tank meaning less need for mine sweepers.
yup. thats why if you go look at pictures of german tanks you can see area's where the "texture" looks like it was "scraped" off or it just fell mostly around the corners. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… as you can see in this picture the origional zimmerit has fallen off leaving this corner, or rather shoulder, of the tank smooth compared to the rest of the zimmerit covered hull.
The commander of that panther needs to tell the driver to scoot back 2 or 3 meters. In a hull down position it should be all but invincible against Shermans. As it is now the lower glacis is painfully exposed.
Later Shermans had a ''Firefly" variation with an 17 pounder anti-tank gun as the main armament.They were first put in service in Normandy Landings and fought toe to toe with Tigers and Panthers from range. Germany's one of top scoring and famous Tiger Ace Michael Wittmann was also killed by a Sherman Firefly.
Panther: 5,796 vehicles produced, plus 8 on the F series chassis.
M4 Sherman and variations: 49,234 vehicles produced total. The ratio (almost 6,000 for the Panther vs. almost 50,000 for the M4 models) of Panther to M4 models would be 1:8.3
T34 and variations: over 57,300: 34,780 T-34s (with 76.2 mm guns) in 1940–44, and another 22,559 T-34-85s (with 85mm guns) in 1944–45. The ratio (almost 6,000 for the Panther vs. almost 60,000 for the T-34 models) of Panther to T-34 models would be 1:10.
Next time, I'd advise you to do your research before throwing around baseless (and quite obviously nonsensical) statements like that.
The information was not baseless, it was from a military report made after WW II. The fact was that it would take 5 Shermans to destroy 1 Panther, while it took 9 T-34's, in the view of how many enemies a Panther could destroy before being overwhelmed/destroyed.
ANYONE knows that the Sherman vastly outnumber the Tiger or the Panther. IT HAD TO. Cause tank by tank--even 5 tanks to 1 tank--it was outclassed. I can't speak to ratios, but even I would say, what from what I've read about Sherman vs. Tiger--that 5:1 is off.