February 1945. Even in the final stages of defeat somehow the assembly plants continued to function. At MNH (Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover) one of the last batches of Jagdpanther were loaded onto a train and dispatched to the front. Among them was Fahrgestell Nr (chassis number) 303086, soon to be lost from sight in the maelstrom of the final days of the Third Reich. Fifty years later in 2000, the Foundation purchased two wrecked Jagdpanther from a collector in Germany.
Unfortunately, years of being used as range targets, both were riddled with holes and missing substantial parts of their armour. The first Jagdpanther (No.1) had been recovered from the Pirbright ranges, England in the 1970s in exchange for an artillery piece. The second Jagdpanther (No.2) had been salvaged from a British range in northern Germany and was in by the far the worse condition.
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