Friday, September 17, 2010

Enemy Elite Friday: Michael Wittmann (Germany)

"SS-Untersturmführer Wittmann, Michael, Zugführer in 13.(s)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 LSSAH on 8 and 9/1/1944 for outstanding bravery during penetration by Russian Tank Brigade near Sherepki  56 tanks destroyed himself as platoon commander from July 1943 to 7/1/1944, several KV-1, KV-2, Shermans, the rest T-34s.  On 8/1/1944, following penetration by Russian Tank Brigade, stopped attack with his platoon and himself destroyed 3 T-34s and 1 assault gun.  Another 6 T-34s during another armored were also destroyed; thus 10 by him alone.  Now 66 tanks destroyed."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on 14 January 1944.
"Awarded the Oak Leaves after raising his total of destroyed tanks to 114.   He was particularly successful on two days in early 1944...  13.01.1944, where he destroyed 19 T-34s and 3 heavy assault guns and thus raised his total to 88 tanks destroyed.  06.02.1944, where as part of the relief efforts towards Cherkassy he destroyed 9 tanks."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on 30 January 1944.
"Awarded after his famous rampage in Villers-Bocage, where he destroyed 13-14 tanks, 2 AT guns and 13-15 other vehicles.  By his actions this day he played a decisive role in halting the advance of the 7. Armoured Division."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on 22 June 1944.
One of Germany's most deadly elites!

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