Cuckoo The Panther Tamed By The British
After the failed offensive on Arnhem, the British 6th Tank Brigade intelligence officers collected a group of tank experts to capture enemy vehicles and use them for Allied's benefit. The projects was disbanded for not finding any German tank suitable for use.
Later in 1944 the 4th Armored Battalion stumbled upon a barn in Overloon which was housing a German Panther Ausf. G in working order. Brits remembered the project of capturing enemy tanks and using them, so they decided to capture the abandoned Panther.
The Panther was brought back to friendly lines and it was painted with olive drab color and two Allied stars were added on the turret. During the winter, some white paint was added on the olive color. Brits named the leading vehicles after birds, so the Panther was named "Cuckoo", a fitting name for a captured vehicle, because the cuckoo bird lives using other bird's nests. The name was painted on each side of the turret.
The Cuckoo first saw service assisting with artillery barrage in North of Venlo. After the artillery barrage the Cuckoo participated in the Operation Blackcock, South of Venlo. The Cuckoo was greeted well due to its good mobility in harsh terrain with wide tracks and ice extensions and its 75mm main gun packed a punch even at long ranges. The Cuckoo had to be abandoned by its crew during the Operation Varitable in 21st, February 1945, when the 4th Armored Battalion was advancing towards Kleve, Germany. The Cuckoo's fuel pump broke down and Brits didn't have any spare parts for a German Panther. The only solution was to abandon the Panther.
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