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

Caption     Wrecks of German Tiger I and Panzer IV tanks, Villers-Bocage, France, Jun 1944, photo 4 of 4 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archives
Identification Code   Bild 101I-494-3376-16A
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
11 Sep 2011 11:11:12 AM

Another view for photograph one, taken from the back. Tiger on the left, and Panzer Mk IV on the right. Urban combat is a tankers no, no. Tanks need room to operate, and flex its muscles.


Tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, need infantry support on the ground to provide security. Tanks fighting in urban areas create many problems, firing the main gun leaves smoke and flame, dirt and masonary
dust add to the smoke cloud, dust also obscure the target that could last a few mimutes.
Enemy infantry armed with anti-tank weapons can advance through the rubble run between building and alleys and narrow streets.
Defending troops could use satchel charges under cover of dust and smoke to disable the tank. Overpressure from firing its main gun
creates problems for the tanks infantry
support. Closed in areas also create problems in operating the tank rotating its turret a full 360 degrees.

These are my theories, but if you want to slow down tanks, get them into the city or a
village narrow street and alleys.

During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 the Hungarians placed upside frying pans, on the streets, so they looked like mines.
The tanks stopped and came under attack from roof tops,narrow streets and alleys.

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