It was 70 years ago today, that Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play; but fifty years ago today, The Beatles released their ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album. Following Paul McCartney’s initial pen and ink sketch, the iconic, much imitated cover was put together by a team of four. It was designed by then husband and wife pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth (seen here together in one of the black and white shots); art directed by Robert Fraser; and photographed by Michael Cooper in his Chelsea Manor Studios in Flood Street - just off the King’s Road in Chelsea, London. Most people know the finished cover (the final photograph in this sequence of ten) but swipe left to see some of the outtakes from the 30th March 1967 photo shoot, which cost £3,000 (£51,000 in today's money!) at a time when the average album cover art budget would be around £50! Peter Blake only received a one off £200 payment with no subsequent royalties! His backdrop is a collage of 57 famous people was mainly chosen by The Beatles and for details of who’s who, please check the link in my 26th April 2017 tweet. John Lennon’s choices of Hitler (visible in another of these black and white shots) and Jesus Christ were left out at the last minute!
A Panther Tank.
The Panther was a compromise. While having essentially the same engine as the Tiger I, it had more efficient frontal hull armour, better gun penetration, was lighter and faster, and could traverse rough terrain better than the Tiger I. The trade-off was weaker side armour, which made it vulnerable to flanking fire. The Panther proved to be effective in open country and long range engagements, but did not provide enough high explosive firepower against infantry.
The Panther was far cheaper to produce than the Tiger I, and only slightly more expensive than the Panzer IV. Key elements of the Panther design, such as its armour, transmission, and final drive, were simplifications made to improve production rates and address raw material shortages. The overall design remained somewhat over-engineered. The Panther was rushed into combat at the Battle of Kursk despite numerous unresolved technical problems, leading to high losses due to mechanical failure. Most design flaws were rectified in the German retreat, though the bombing of production plants, increasing shortages of high quality alloys for critical components, shortage of fuel and training space, and the declining quality of crews all impacted the Type's effectiveness.
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