No, those weren't his problems. I met him when he came to do the original interviews that Discovery Channel recycled over and over again and talked with him for a while. I had no idea until later who he was - it was pure chance. He was obviously obsessed by the subject and was full of misconceptions and misremembered events, which is typical in memoirs. It also didn't help that he had a ghostwriter who added a lot of the blood and gore business - he was much more matter of fact than the way the book sounds. Anyway, I think I finally figured out what different memories he conflated and I think I have a good explanation for why he said what he did. Just like other cases of conflating memories there are elements of truth and real memory in what he says...but 60-odd years after the fact he got it mixed up. According to Alvin D. Coox and L. Van Loan Naisawald in Survey of Allied Tank Casualties in World War II in 274 medium tanks recorded as lost by First U.S. Army, 50.8 percent (696) of the 1,370 crewmen were casualties. Of those, 24.6 percent (171) were killed, 56.9 percent (466) were wounded, and 8.5 percent (59) were missing. The tank commander accounted for 11.4 percent of the losses, the gunner and loader (properly the “cannoneer”) 10.2 percent each, the bow gunner 9.6 percent, and the driver 9.3 percent. A smaller sample of 48 light tanks and 192 crewmen found that 65.1 percent (125) were casualties, of which 41.6 percent (52) were killed, 57.6 percent (72) were wounded, and 0.8 percent (1) were missing. The driver and bow gunner each accounted for 16.7 percent of the loss, followed by the gunner with 16.1 percent, and finally the commander with 15.6 percent. Other data sources are pretty consistent with that. The thing is to that point - summer 1944 during the breakout - the odds that Oddball had ever seen a Tiger, engaged a Tiger, or seen anyone else engaged by a Tiger, was about as close to zero as it is possible to get. The occasions that spring and summer that American tankers encountered a Tiger can be counted on the fingers of one hand...if it's missing two fingers. Seriously, three Tiger tanks were recorded as recovered by FUSA and they were probably all abandoned and some, if not all, were probably recovered along the inter-Allied army boundary around Caumont so were as likely encountered by British forces an then recovered by Americans. So since any Tigers he encountered were probably actually Panzer IV, he could have just shot them up and been done with it. Anyway, the whole Oddball thing was very much a late war and postwar perception by American tankers. So do I. Wish I could speed up publication, originally it was planned for 16 December, which would have been perfect.