Military history

Tigers in Normandy

Tigers in Normandy

The Tiger I design gave the Wehrmacht its first tank mounting the 88mm gun, which had previously demonstrated its effectiveness against both air and ground targets. During the course of the war, the Tiger I saw combat on all German battlefronts. It was usually deployed in independent tank battalions, which proved to be quite formidable. For the first time in English, Wolfgang Schneider, an expert on German armour, presents a complete combat chronicle of the German Tiger Tank, including new details on how the Tiger performed against Allied armour, particularly the Sherman, and famous tank ace Michael Wittmann, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross holder, credited with the destruction of 138 tanks and 132 anti-tank guns, along with an unknown number of other armoured vehicles. Maps, orders of battle, period photos, and then-and-now shots make this the go-to book on the subject.

Chapter 1. Movement of the Tiger Formations to Normandy

Chapter 2. The Mystery of Villers-Bocage

Chapter 3. The Fighting for Hill 112

Chapter 4. Operation “Epsom”

Chapter 5. Operation “Jupiter”

Chapter 6. Arrival of the Third Tiger Battalion

Chapter 7. The Hell of Operation “Goodwood”

Chapter 8. German Defensive Measures

Chapter 9. Operation “Bluecoat”

Chapter 10. Operation “Totalize” and Wittmann’s Last Engagement

Chapter 11. Operation “Tractable” and the Breakthrough to Falaise

Chapter 12. Overall Conclusions

Appendix 1. British Forces Orders of Battle

Appendix 2. Composition of Tiger Units

Appendix 3. Tiger Markings

Appendix 4. Tiger Availability and Losses

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