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Wittmann Tiger Normandie.

Article about: Always been interested in the Tank battles around Caen in France. Especially those with the 101 Schwere SS Panzers. The famous picture of Wittmanns destroyed turretless Tiger has always fasc

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    Quote by The Devil's Bank View Post
    It doesn't bear thinking about, it would have been a inferno inside that tank, and I'm quite sure every thing inside would have melted..

    Surely it couldn't be... but..

    I "found" this picture, of the Caen-Falaise Road, August 1944:
    You never know

    Imagine being the poor Padre's that had to go and remove remains from burned out Tanks (Allied) I have heard many tales of remains, or what was left, being removed in small ammunition box's. Also sometimes, all that was left was a pool of fat in the bottom of the tank !

    Horrendous , I really do not know how they did it, the horrors our veterans had to endure, I simply cant comprehend it


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  3. #82


    One of the best accounts of the body recovery from Tanks is by Leslie Skinner Padre of the Sherwood Rangers , a truly awful job but he did it so the other crews didn;t have to see what remained, even though they knew what happened if you got brewed up.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Sorry if this is a bit grisly but it puts things in perspective.
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    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Just imagine being in a "Sherman".. facing those Tigers..

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    Quote by The Devil's Bank View Post
    Just imagine being in a "Sherman".. facing those Tigers..
    " Best job i ever had ! "

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    A Firefly got Wittmann up the tailpipe so was probably stored ammo that blew the turret off, Villers Bocage will always be Wittmans crowning glory to show what a small group of well commanded Tigers could do.

    From my library missing from my pic that I have is ~ Sledgehammers by Willbeck flaws & weaknesses of the Tiger combat tactics, The Tiger Tank By Roger Ford, Tigers in the Mud By Otto Carius.

    What it was like! WWII footage of a dead French crew being removed from their Sherman after being hit on the top Rt of the gun mantlet by an "88" be WARNED this is very graphic by its very nature.
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    Found this... is this what Joe Ekins saw??

    Look at 1.14

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