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  • First Tiger Captured in Normandy?

    Purist & m kenny, Is this true???


    From "By Tank Into Normandy," An account of The Nottinghamshire Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in France 1944:

    " Meanwhile A Squadron had begun moving up from Fontenay, the plan being that they would come through us and thrust towards Rauray. John Semken was Squadron Leader and he had already heard from C Squadron that there were tanks about, so his gun loader put an AP shell up the spout, just in case. As they cleared Fontenay, they were suddenly confronted by an enormous tank coming round the bend in front. It was hard to know who was more surprised, but John shrieked, 'Fire, it's a Hun', and they loosed off about ten rounds into the smoke. As this cleared away, it was observed that the crew were baling out as small flames came from inside the tank. It was a Tiger of 12th SS Panzer, the first Tiger to be captured in Normandy, and made an impressive sight at close quarters as both its size and the thickness of its armour became apparent. Although the range had been only sixty yards, not one Sherman shell had penetrated that armour. The fire in the Tiger, we discovered, had instead been caused by a shot hitting the side of the driver's observation visor and showering white-hot splinters into the tank The driver had screamed that he had been hit and the commander had obligingly ordered his crew out."

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    The first one captured that was in complete working order. Sent back to the UK and then used n firing trials and a test load for a new trailer being developed. Its eventual fate is unknown.









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    • #3
      It looks like it received at least three good hits!

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      • #4
        This was the way things sometimes went down especially at close quarters.

        My Uncle spoke of a tactic they used especially if they were close to a suspected superior panzer. They would hammer it with both HE and AP, and get the hell away. Minimal result would be to suppress the hell out of the Panzer, and certainly cause any infantry support he had to be killed or suppressed as well. Maximum result could be track or other essential gear destroyed and the crew would abandon the panzer, either way he said they didn't like to stick around to find out. Most of the stories of the results were reports handed down by his supporting infantry, who would take advantage of any cripple this tactic left behind.

        Tigers were good at long range, but at close quarters they were sitting bomb magnets. Unless of course you found yourself staring right down his 88!!
        Eternal War(gaming) Armoured Struggle Car Bob

        History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis.
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        Draw the blinds on yesterday and it's all so much scarier....
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        • #5
          [QUOTE=PzKfwBob;757619] This was the way things sometimes went down especially at close quarters.

          My Uncle spoke of a tactic they used especially if they were close to a suspected superior panzer. They would hammer it with both HE and AP, and get the hell away. Minimal result would be to suppress the hell out of the Panzer, and certainly cause any infantry support he had to be killed or suppressed as well. Maximum result could be track or other essential gear destroyed and the crew would abandon the panzer, either way he said they didn't like to stick around to find out. Most of the stories of the results were reports handed down by his supporting infantry, who would take advantage of any cripple this tactic left behind.
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          I guess it safe to say that your uncle saw the panzer first. If the situation was reversed, that is the panzer spotted your uncle first, the story/tactic might be a littel different!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tom D View Post
            I guess it safe to say that your uncle saw the panzer first. If the situation was reversed, that is the panzer spotted your uncle first, the story/tactic might be a littel different!
            Yes Tom, eventually he paid with his legs and his crew their lives trying to flank a Panther or Tiger which was emplaced with a commanding view of their area of operations. But of course this wasn't close quarters, this was situation Sherman crews feared the most.
            Eternal War(gaming) Armoured Struggle Car Bob

            History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis.
            Lazarus Long

            Draw the blinds on yesterday and it's all so much scarier....
            David Bowie

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            • #7
              That's one way to tame a kitty!.
              "Profanity is but a linguistic crutch for illiterate motherbleepers"

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