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Michael Wittmann

Name
Michael Wittmann
Born
22nd April 1914 in Vogelthal
Died
8 August 1944 at St. Aignan-De-Cramesnil south of Caen (France). His Tiger tank got most probably a direct hit from a Shermann M4 Firefly of the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry Regiment.
SS number
NSDAP number
Assignments / Units
1936 Member SS Ingolstadt
1937 (1st of April) SS Leibstandarte Verfügungstruppe
1940 SS Division LSSAH Sturmgeschützbatterie (commander of a Sturmgeschütz III)
1942 SS Junkerschule Bad Tölz
1942 (December) SS Division LSSAH Tiger unit (first he was commander of a Panzerkampfwagen III, later commander of a Tiger tank).
1944 13.(s)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 (Tiger tank commander).
1944 Commander 2./schwere SS Panzer-Abteilung 501
1944 (at death) commander of schwere SS Panzer-Abteilung 501 (still Tiger tank commander).
Promotions
SS Untersturmführer December 1942
SS Obersturmführer January 1944
SS Hauptsturmführer
Awards
Iron Cross 1st Class (Russia)
Knights Cross (14 January 1944) for destroying 66 tanks
Oak Leaves with the Knights Cross (30 January 1944) for destroying 88 tanks
Swords with the Knights Cross (22 June 1944) for destroying approximately 25 British armoured vehicles (most Cromwell tanks) within a few minutes with his Tiger tank in Villers-Bocage (France).
Remarks
He destroyed in total 138 tanks and 132 anti tank guns.


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