Wrecks of German Tiger I and Panzer IV tanks, Villers-Bocage, France, Jun 1944, photo 2 of 4

Caption   Wrecks of German Tiger I and Panzer IV tanks, Villers-Bocage, France, Jun 1944, photo 2 of 4 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 101I-494-3376-12A
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Photos on Same Day 12 Jun 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 27 Apr 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
10 Feb 2011 03:06:47 PM

Knocked-out Tiger Ausf.E Normandy, France 1944, assigned to s.SS.PzABT.101 this unit was formed July 1943, and disbanded May 1945 lost 107 Tigers and destroyed 500 Allied Tanks and Armored vehicles.
Same Tiger as in photo # 1
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Dec 2014 08:05:11 PM


Some sources list this Tiger assigned to Michael Wittmann of s.SS.Pz.Abt.101 Wittman along with his crew escaped to fight another day.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Dec 2014 04:26:35 PM



June 12, 1944 Wittmann arrived in the area of Villers-Bocage, Normandy with(12)Tiger tanks about half strength. The British arrived and surprised the Germans, Wittmann engaged the British destroying thin-skinned vehicles light and medium tanks. During the Normandy invasion, the Germans lost 135 Tiger tanks.

Above file photo of knocked out Tiger, has been disputed as Wittmann's tank. Without a turret number showing it remains a mystery if this isn't Wittmann's tank, who's is it?
However, a painting by artist David Pentland shows Wittmann advancing into Villers-Bocage with Tiger 222, a painting isn't historical fact...but than again Wittmann could have changed vehicles due to a mechanical problem. The debate continues

Wittmann was later killed along with his crew on August 8,1944 fighting allied forces between the town of Cintheaux and St. Aignan de Cramesnil Wittmanns Tiger #007 was destroyed by either anti-tank fire by British or Canadian tanks, or from air attack by RAF Hawker Typhoo fighter-bomber
4. Anonymous says:
12 Mar 2018 11:25:51 AM

It`s a 1 Coy tank; Wittman was 2 Coy.

His tank IS in the main street but it`s not this one - his is the only tank pointing North and it`s position was the most Southerl of the three tigers knocked out in the centre of Villers Bocage

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