which panzer unit defended hill 252.2 on the 12.07.1943

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VALLOIS OLIVIER
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which panzer unit defended hill 252.2 on the 12.07.1943

Post by VALLOIS OLIVIER » 14 Jan 2013 14:33

as per my research, the 1. SS-Pz.Gren.Division took hill 252.2 on the 11th.07.1943.
the day after, soviet tanks rushed toward it in a charge spearheading the 5th guard tank army's counter-offensive.

read that four tigers and eleven Pz-IV met this onslaugh. can anyone help me with
-unit of these german tanks
- tank numbers

thanks a lot

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Re: which panzer unit defended hill 252.2 on the 12.07.1943

Post by Slava2012 » 21 Oct 2021 16:09

Well, in general, this question just opened on 11 .07.43. The only division that entered the battle with Rotmistrov's tanks turned out to be 1 SS LAN, moreover, on this day in its 13th company there were only 4 working Tigers, so I will look for their numbers now, but the T-4 is already 47 pieces, so it is not possible to find out their numbers.
Photo. Battle Weary 'Tiger' crew - 1st SS Pz.Div.LSAH - 'Unternehmen Zitadel' - Kursk - July '43.bottom left Alice Cooper.
SS-Obersturmführer Rudolf von Ribbentrop.15.07.1943.
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Re: which panzer unit defended hill 252.2 on the 12.07.1943

Post by Slava2012 » 22 Oct 2021 05:29

And here is a photo of a Pz-IV Ausf H from the 5th company of the 2nd battalion of the division's tank regiment during the operation Citadel.
Even their numbers are visible.
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Re: which panzer unit defended hill 252.2 on the 12.07.1943

Post by Slava2012 » 22 Oct 2021 05:46

From left to right:
Oberscharführer Otto August, Untersturführer Michael Wittmann, Unterscharführer Ewald Molly, Oberscharführer Jürgen Brandt.
There is a chance that this is the four Garoi that defended the height of 252.2.
Then their Tiger numbers will be Michael Wittmann -1331
Otto August - 1313
Ewald Molly - 1322
Jurgen Brandt - 1334.
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