Quite often I see late war German designs such as the Panther and King Tiger described as "influencing postwar tank design." After giving this some though, I have to ask the question "is this true?" Other than sloped armor, a high velocity cannon and torsion bar suspension, most of the particular traits found in the late war german "cat's" were not incorporated in post war designs (and those three characteristics were by no means exclusive to the "cats"). For example, the "cats" had five man crews, front mounted transmissions, petrol engines, guns with a barrel to length ratio of 70 or more, overlapping or interleaved roadwheels. All these were qualities that were either never adopted in post war designs or were phased out after the first generation of post war tank designs. So the question is, were late war German designs trendsetters for the future or did they represent dead ends in tank design?