Pix - Tiger I at Vimoutiers.
Posted 19 June 2007 - 09:04 AM
The only Tiger I to remain in situ on its battlefield, this machine - a late-production Ausf E with steel wheels, chassis number 251 113 - is believed to have belonged to schwere SS-Panzer Abteilung 102 and was commanded by SS-Unterscharfuhrer Reisske. The edge of the 'Falaise Pocket' is just over the ridge to the East.
There was even time for some 'Michael Wittmann' posing.....
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 10:34 AM
Quousque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra...
Posted 19 June 2007 - 10:39 AM
Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:03 PM
Nice little page on her here.
And the well known 'after the battle' pictures of her recovery, which appear to confirm the cracks were there then, so presumably a result of the demolition charge?
I'm never sure if she should be restored somewhat or if it really is more fitting for her to gradually rot away in the land she was brought to conquer.
Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:34 PM
Steel wheels, small muzzel break, late version. Neat !
Love the "wheelie" of the recovery vehicle (been there/done that)
Good question Von
Perhaps it should let nature reclaim it slowly without graffitti, as a reminder as to what becomes of tyrannical ambitions when a strong will opposes.
I believe one has to keep something in sight (nowadays) to remember.
Short attention span/instant gratification thing seems to be prevelant.
Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:43 PM
Posted 19 June 2007 - 02:49 PM
Wonderful pictures, it's such a shame that some idiots keep putting graphitti and vadalize the tank. Everytime I look at it I am amazed by the square aspect.
On a public road,un-protected. It probably would get the same 'treatment' here in the States.
I wonder how many perfectly running tanks met their doom by simply running out of gasoline. What a shame.
Posted 19 June 2007 - 03:24 PM
To me, it's a real relic of the 'Falaise Gap' and I always love the first sight of it as you start to climb the hill......
Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:54 PM
..note the crack along the bottom of the hull, just forward of where it sits on the track....just small enough for a small person to get the camera through....
..small person sneaks into shot (left) ..having retrieved some metallic fragments unbeknown to responsible adult...
Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:25 PM
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:37 PM
Great pics....you've certainly outdone me with the 'interior shot'....
Posted 03 August 2007 - 06:15 PM
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 08:46 PM
Just look for the signs to 'Martin Bull's Favourite Tiger'.....
Posted 04 August 2007 - 02:25 PM
The same road on the opposite side of Vimoutiers is where Rommel's staff-car was shot up.....
...didn't realise that at all ..thanks !
...the countryside is so bucolic that its very easy to pass right on by such interesting sites ..
Posted 04 August 2007 - 05:21 PM
Posted 04 August 2007 - 06:15 PM
From that pic,it's hard to imagine being able to get a camera in. So are the hatches welded close so you can't go inside?
Posted 04 August 2007 - 07:29 PM
Posted 21 August 2007 - 01:16 PM
....Martin is welcome to it ....
Righto ! I'll start clearing some space in the back yard....it's still a Tiger, and it was there.....
( BTW, I told my wife about your wife's 'Longest Day' and she indicated a definite sense of feminine solidarity.... )
Posted 02 October 2007 - 06:37 AM
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