WS352 Michael Wittmann’s First Battlefield Tiger
Michael Wittmann’s own ‘Tiger’ was now given the new number ‘1331’… ‘13’ being the new, enlarged company, ‘3’ for the platoon and the final ‘1’ for the position of platoon commander. It was in this particular vehicle that the young untersturmfuhrer would go into action with during the biggest and fiercest tank battle of the Second World… KURSK.
This model represents Michael Wittmann’s first Battlefield Tiger as it appeared on the opening day of the Kursk Offensive, 5th of July 1943. On that day, despite driving over a Russian mine and one of his crew being injured Wittmann’s ‘Tiger’ destroyed eight T34’s and no less than seven of the much-feared Soviet anti tank guns. As you can see there are 2 figures in the open hatches of the turret… Untersturmfuhrer Wittmann in the commander’s position and his gunner, Bobby Woll, enjoying a brief breath of fresh air… as he scans the surrounding area for fresh targets!
By the time the Kursk Offensive ended on July 17th the 29 year old Panzer ace and his crew were totally exhausted. They had however destroyed some 30 Soviet tanks and 28 anti tank guns!
This latest King & Country Tiger comes in a specially designed full-color box with extra strong black foam insert…. All the better to protect the model and figures inside!
Michael Wittmann (1914-1944) is, without doubt, the most famous tank commander of the Second World War. Since the war Wittmann has become almost a ‘cult figure’ thanks to his battlefield achievements as a ‘Panzer Ace’ particularly his actions at Villers Bocage in Normandy during June 1944. It was there that, single-handedly his Tiger tank and crew destroyed 14 British tanks, 2 anti tank guns and no less than 15 assorted personnel carriers in less than a quarter of an hour! A singular accomplishment for any armoured warrior of any army at any time!
His exploits commanding the formidable Panzerkampfwagen VI, better known as the ‘Tiger’ have ensured his fame all over the world ever since. Wittmann’s ‘Tiger’ adventures did not begin (and end) on the lush, green fields of Normandy in 1944 they go back to April 1943 in Russia. It was there that Wittmann was given command of his first ‘Tiger’ tank, turret number ‘411’… Just a few weeks later SS-Untersturmfuhrer Wittmann’s unit was expanded and renumbered their tanks accordingly.