One of the first 200 Panthers to see action at the Battle of Kursk.
Prior to the battle, Germany stood up two new tank battalions, the 51st and 52nd Panzer. This is one of the reasons why the German offensive was delayed so late.
51st and 52nd Panzer Battalion were attached to Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland, under XLVIII Panzer Corps, under Army Group South.
With brand new machines fresh off the factory floor, inadequate or non-existant reconnaissance, poor training and unfamiliarity with the new tanks and yet to be fixed teething problems, out of the 200 odd Panthers sent to Kursk only 184 were able to see action at the start of the offensive.