Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Tiger Killin' Greyhound


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"The armored car had been in a concealed position near the boundary of Troop B, 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron and Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, when the Tiger approached the lines at right angles to move along a trail in front of the main line of resistance.  As the tank passed the armored car, the latter slipped out of position and started up the trail behind the Tiger, accelerating in an attempt to close.  At the same moment the German tank commander saw the M8, and started traversing his gun to bear on it.  It was a race between the Americans, who were attempting to close so that their 37-mm gun would be effective on the Tiger’s thin rear armor, and the Germans, who were desperately striving to bring their 88 to bear.  Rapidly the M8 closed to 25 yards, and quickly pumped in three rounds; the lumbering Tiger stopped and shuddered; there was a muffled explosion, followed by flames which billowed out of the turret and engine ports, after which the armored car returned to its position."  

As reported by Major Donald P. Boyer, Jr., S3, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion and Captain W. H. Anstey (commanding Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion) who witnessed the engagement during the Battle of St. Vith, 1944.

Now that's some hard chargin' G.I. Joes!!!
Brian

2 comments:

  1. No Gutz, No Glory - those lads had plenty of both!

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    1. I know! Talk about a real life David and Goliath!

      Brian

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