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Tiger 031

Post by Texas Jäger » 04 Jul 2022 21:20

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A Tiger II apparently lost near Lutremange, 8 January 1945. Which unit did it belong to? And does anyone know the circumstances of its loss (knocked out, abandoned etc)?

I’ve read some sources claiming it was part of KG Möbius (501st attached to LSSAH) and abandoned while others say it was from the 506th and knocked out in combat.

The Ace Destroyer had a YouTube video listing the tigers in 501 and I don’t see 031 anywhere: https://youtu.be/sFCg2vI681g

At the same time I’d imagine Lutremange is too far to the south for it to be from the 506th (which was supporting the 12th SS near Wardin) and the exact area LSSAH was operating.
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Re: Tiger 031

Post by Takao » 05 Jul 2022 20:15

Tiger #03 of the 506th.

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Re: Tiger 031

Post by Geoffrey Cooke » 06 Jul 2022 22:17

Zaloga claims it’s from the 501st (SS)
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Re: Tiger 031

Post by Geoffrey Cooke » 06 Jul 2022 22:19

Was Lutremange being defended by the 501st (SS) Battalion? AAR’s of the 320th Inf regiment could clear this up.
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Re: Tiger 031

Post by Michael Kenny » 06 Jul 2022 22:35

The numbering style of sSS Pz Abt 501 was different from sPz Abt 506. '501' had the three number as one block. '506' has the first digit to the left of the cross and the remaining two right of it. O3 would be a Command tank and did not have 3 digits.

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Re: Tiger 031

Post by Geoffrey Cooke » 06 Jul 2022 23:10

Also Zaloga in a different book. Is it possible that the top and bottom photos are two different Tigers? Despite the similar knock out positions?
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Re: Tiger 031

Post by Geoffrey Cooke » 06 Jul 2022 23:15

Ok looking at the photos the smaller details match up, I guess it’s just a mistaken identity being quoted. The real question is why was a command tank participating in fighting far from its own unit?

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