By Wolfgang Schneider
This strive against chronicle of the German Tiger tank--one of global battle IIs best--during the Normandy crusade (June to August 1944), looks for the 1st time in English. New information on well-known tank ace Michael Wittmann are printed, in addition to different WWII must-knows like how the Tiger played opposed to Allied armor, rather the Sherman. Maps, orders of conflict, interval pictures, and then-and-now pictures make this the go-to publication at the topic.
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Although Operation “Epsom” proved in the final analysis to be a miscalculation, it had also negated the German intent of deliberately regrouping for a major attack. When the II. SS-Panzer-Korps launched its counterattack, it had also proven problematical that the zone of attack was still within range of the large-caliber naval artillery, which was able to effectively intervene in the ground combat. Both Generalfeldmarschall Rommel and Generalfeldmarschall von Runstedt—the latter particularly so—had attempted to stress this fact upon Hitler when they met with the Führer at Margival (vicinity of Soissons) on 17 June 1944.
Apparently, the Germans had emplaced antitank mines prior to leaving. The British engineers used them to prepare Tiger 121 for demolition. (IWM) This Tiger was knocked out at the intersection of Rue Emile Samson and Rue Jeanne Bacon—number 4 on the sketch map—by flanking fires from a British antitank gun. The last to arrive in the area of operations was the 3rd Company and the battalion command section. Heavy camouflage against air attack is evident. Below and right: Tigers 008 and 009 can be seen refueling after arrival.
A short while later, a hit to Wittmann’s running gear immobilized his tank. (BA) The lower photograph shows the location of the Cromwell at the time (the same place where the rear car is parked). After the conclusion of the fighting, two Waffen-SS soldiers stroll towards the Tiger that Wittmann had used for his bold attack. (BA) The lower photograph shows the same location today. Three Cromwells, a Sherman Firefly and a 6-pounder set up an ambush position on city-hall square (mairie on the map).