The first Panther to arrive in England was an example captured during Kursk and it took 10 months to deliver.Carl Schwamberger wrote: ↑04 Sep 2022 22:00I believe the first were at Anzio, during the last stages of FISCHFANG in late February and early March 1944. At least a couple were disabled or bogged inside American lines and later evacuated to England for evaluation.
The first technical examination was done on this example and as it was the only example they had it could not be tested to destruction. The report was very brief because they did not get the vehicle until May 22nd and it was finalised/issued on May 25th not long before D-Day. It could not have been very widely distributed or read by the troops. This is the report that first mentions the possibility to be able deflect a shot down into the drivers compartment and, in my opinion, is the single source that became legend and widely mentioned in memoirs etc with various claims 'they' heard it was done by trooper X in Regiment Y on date Z. I believe Andrew Wilson's 'Flamethrower' set that ball rolling. After June 6th captured Panthers and field shoots were 10 a penny and the troops in the field had no need of 'technical reports'.
To show how easy it is for the unwary to mix up these captured tanks here is an example captured at Anzio
which just happens to have the exact same number as the Kursk example.
The first mention to the public was in early April and The Times has this photo in the April 4 1944 edition
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item ... /205094908
I have not looked up the source of this example.