Michael Wittmanns Last-Battle

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    Michael Wittmann (April 22, 1914 – August 8, 1944) was a German Waffen-SS tank commander during the Second World War. Wittmann would rise to the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain) and was a Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross holder.


    He was credited with the destruction of 138 tanks and 132 anti-tank guns, along with an unknown number of other armoured vehicles, making him one of Germany's top scoring panzer aces, together with Johannes Bölter, Ernst Barkmann, Otto Carius and Kurt Knispel who was the top scoring ace of the war with 168 tank kills.

    Wittmann is most famous for his ambush of elements of the British 7th Armoured Division, during the Battle of Villers-Bocage on 13 June 1944. While in command of a single Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger he destroyed up to 14 tanks and 15 personnel carriers along with 2 anti-tank guns within the space of 15 minutes.



    The circumstances behind Wittmann’s death have caused some debate and discussion over the years, but it had been historically accepted that Trooper Joe Ekins, the gunner in a Sherman Firefly, of the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry was his killer. However, in recent years, some commentators have suggested that members of the Canadian Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment may have been responsible instead.

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    He was a warrior & a simple man, down while fighting..
    R I P..
     
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    Reminds me of the controversy over who shot down the Red Baron, pilot Roy Brown or the Australian machine gunners on the ground.

    You have a special place in history when they are still arguing about who killed you decades later.
     
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    You can expect results like these when commanding a Tiger Tank against some shermans.


    That means he must have fired almost 31 or more rounds in just 15 minutes!!!

    I was under impression that, Like Artillery even tanks guns get heated and needed to be cool down for couple of minutes.
     
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    88MM L70 cannon had thicker barrel, Cooling is fast compare to normal arty tube..

    In eastern front he has many kills in his list include mostly T-34 and Josef Stalin-3 so does SU-122/85..
     

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