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#1 Martin Bull

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 09:04 AM

My trip to France at the weekend gave me the opportunity to detour slightly for a visit to my favourite WWII relic - the Tiger I at Vimoutiers.

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.

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There was even time for some 'Michael Wittmann' posing.....:o


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Posted 19 June 2007 - 10:34 AM

Great photos, thanks! A coupke of interesting cracks in the armour plate, at the back of the turret and on the hull side armour, on the left. I wonder what caused these and when?

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 10:39 AM

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.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:03 PM

Good stuff.
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.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:34 PM

Good stuff indeed Martin,
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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.
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:43 PM

Excellent photos Martin. Thanks. I like the photo from atop the tank showing the view. Imagine the lone Tiger picking off enemy tanks on the other side of the valley. WOW.
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 02:07 PM

Thanx for sharing the pics, Martin!

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 02:30 PM

Great photos Martin, thanks.

You look like quite the character, perched up on that Tiger. :tiger: :martinbull:

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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.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 03:24 PM

The Tiger is actually maintained in reasonable condition - funds permitting. It does get the occasional repaint and the hatches etc are welded closed. I actually rather like it in 'relic' condition ; if it were fully-restored with all the ( easily thieved ) external equipment, then it would probably be in a museum with 'Do Not Touch' signs all around.

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......:eek:
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:54 PM

....scanning the skies for Jabos..or the next rain shower....

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..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....

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..small person sneaks into shot (left) ..having retrieved some metallic fragments unbeknown to responsible adult...

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:25 PM

Excellent photos FalkeEins!!
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:29 PM

They are indeed great quality pictures, thanks for sharing these!

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:37 PM

Hands off, Neil....it's MINE !!! :D

Great pics....you've certainly outdone me with the 'interior shot'....:eek:
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 06:15 PM

awe shucks, I can't see them while I am at work. Can't wait to get home. Oh drats, we're going to the farm, won't be time.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 06:38 PM

..thanks guys...according to my wife that was her "longest day"....departed the coast (Houlgate) early am ..via Falaise and Trun and the Mont Ormel memorial only to find ourselves heading on the wrong road out of Vimoutiers...for a 'national monument' the Tiger is very poorly sign-posted...I didn't note which road it was actually on Martin.. the D16..?

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 08:46 PM

It's actually on the D969 for Gace .. the D16 forks off right at the bottom of the hill. The same road on the opposite side of Vimoutiers is where Rommel's staff-car was shot up.....

Just look for the signs to 'Martin Bull's Favourite Tiger'.....:D
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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 ..

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 05:21 PM

You now our roads better than I do! It's about time I go there too.

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 06:15 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....>
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?

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 07:29 PM

..yes ..very much so...minus exhausts and other external ancilliary equipment the mastodon is one great empty thick slab-sided steel box up close....Martin is welcome to it ....(more of a Panther man myself...)

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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....:D )
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 04:46 AM

I love this thread. Pinned.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 06:37 AM

The Tiger says thank you.....

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 10:53 AM

Nice details. Is that part of a Porsche turret?

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