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  • Scratch two Jagdtigers!

    The following copied from Steel Victory took place a ways to the southeast of Unna, Germany:

    "The 3d Platoon, Company C, of the 740th was under new management. Staff Sergeant Charlie Loopey had received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant and taken over the platoon for good. On 9 April, Loopey and his men supported the 2d Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, in its advance through Rahrbach. Just as Loopey approached the village of Welschen Ennestt, two enormous seventy-ton Jagdtiger tank-killers mounting 128mm guns came out of the forest ahead. Either could have obliterated Loopey’s Sherman with a single round, and he stood no chance of penetrating the thick frontal armor of the German vehicles at any range. Fortunately, the Jagdtigers were evidently trying to escape because they turned the other direction and headed north. No one will ever know why the escape hatches on both were open. The escape hatch was a circular hole in the back of the superstructure normally covered by an armored door and was about two feet in diameter. Loopey’s gunner put a couple of rounds of HE through these holes on both vehicles and knocked them out, killing their crews."

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    The escape hatch was a circular hole in the back of the superstructure normally covered by an armored door and was about two feet in diameter
    Those weren't escape hatches, just normal hatches, and they were square, not circular. It was not uncommon for crews to leave them open, especially during combat, as it increased ventilation.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by C. Ankerstjerne View Post
      Those weren't escape hatches, just normal hatches, and they were square, not circular. It was not uncommon for crews to leave them open, especially during combat, as it increased ventilation.
      remember what our mothers used to say about leaving the back door open when we were kids?....they werent kidding !

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      • #4
        I'm sure the story teller remembers the hatch as round, even though we know it wasn't. Sharp and Quick thinking on the Sherman Cmdr's part if those Jagdtigers had turned around, they would have had a lot more work to do.
        Eternal War(gaming) Armoured Struggle Car Bob

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        • #5
          Interesting!

          I hav'nt heard of that small action before. I wonder about the German crews manning them, were those veterans in there, or something else....... Open hatch, smart, maybe. Giving their opponents that view when retreating? One does wonder sometimes on the luck of the draw in these late war actions!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tom D View Post
            The escape hatch was a circular hole in the back of the superstructure normally covered by an armored door and was about two feet in diameter. Loopey’s gunner put a couple of rounds of HE through these holes on both vehicles and knocked them out, killing their crews."
            If it was a 76mm armed Sherman the hatch's wouldn't have needed to be open for the Sherman to destroy it, the Jagdtigers armour was only 80mm at 85 degrees on the sides and rear of the superstructure.

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            • #7
              But why waste time knocking at the door when you can walk right in....Surprise!!
              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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              • #8
                Agreed, the hatches were square. Memory can be a dangerous thing. The book contains a few other errors.

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