A rare collection of "real" Tiger I items

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Kent Wiik
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A rare collection of "real" Tiger I items

Post by Kent Wiik » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:03 pm

Hi all,

Just wanted to get you all informed about this new posting on another forum (Missing Lynx) regarding the seldom seen Michel Samson collection of Tiger I parts from Wittmanns last stand at his farm near Cintheaux in Normandy.
A gentleman named Paul Alderton has kindly posted this for everyone to see.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47207/me ... ger+Relics

Photos of this collection has been seen in the AFV Modellers magazine #25 before but never on the web to my knowledge.

Some of the items are from Wittmanns last Tiger #007.
Truly amazing finds :!:

Kind regards
It´s all in the details!

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Post by leesellars » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:19 pm

Hello Kent

Fantastic. Thank you for shareing that item with us.

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Post by Robert E Morey » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:29 am

Thanks for posting the link. Interesting items. I like the comment about the farm owner having to have an unexploded Typhoon rocket removed from the area. Seems to open up the age old question again. Was it figher bombers or Fireflys that knocked out 007 and others in this area?
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Post by Stephen White » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:36 am

Kent, thanks too, I follow Missing Lynx, lots of useful stuff there.

Bob, I remember doing some research on the effectiveness of close air support when I was teaching at the Army Staff College. I found some operational research which was done just after the Normandy battles. I can't now remember the details but effectively it aid that the teams which looked at tank casualties found it almost impossible to find any which had been knocked out by a direct hit from a free flight rocket. The Typhoons and Thunderbolts were undoubtedly effective but their principle effect was on morale - it's clear that a number of tanks were abandoned - damage to running gear and the transport imfrastructure contributing. Given that, I believe the debate is now focussed on the action on the ground.

I can't help thinking that the whole Wittman story has attracted too much attention to the detriment of many other illustrious tank commnders on both sides - I can think of two, one on each side, who were in action throughout the war, who started as troopers and rose to command at battalion/regimental level. One made his name in Panzer IIIs, the other in Shermans and Comets.

Bob - thanks for opening the subject.


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Post by John Fitzsimons » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:15 am

Great link. Thanks Kent.

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Post by Martin Cohen » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:12 am

Thanks for bringing up the link in the Forum Kent. Amazing finds!

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Post by Georg Steffen » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:43 pm

here is one more link


go in the Hi-Res Galleries there ar some Tiger Parts


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Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:54 am

Superb hi res picks, some of you guys should take a look at the weld pattens close up, if you have never learnt to arc weld this is a must, would anyone have their email add by any chance, i have some parts they may be interested in .......... phil
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