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This month, we look at the development, strengths and weaknesses of German tank destroyers: from the17 tonne Hetzer to the massive 70 tonne Jagdtiger – the heaviest tracked vehicle of the War and Michael Wittmann’s rampage at Viller-Bocage.

Villers-Bocage a British Defeat? Cotton’s Tanks Fight Back…

Michael Wittmann’s rampage at Villers-Bocage was just the start of a fight that was far from the great victory the Germans would claim it to be.

At 0930 on 13 June 1944, in the chaos that followed Wittmann’s fortuitous lunge into the British column, the men of the 4th Country of London Yeomanry lick their wounds and set up their defences.

They’ve been given the order to hold the Villers-Bocage at all costs – and will soon be fighting for their lives against a superior German force.

By the end of the day, a young Lt. Bill Cotton will have earned the Military Cross and a promotion to Captain. His Sergeant will earn a Military Medal and his Corporal a Distinguished Conduct Medal.

In the hype surrounding the career of Michal Wittmann – has the role of Bill Cotton and his troop been overlooked? Was he the real hero of Villers-Bocage?

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Evolution of WW2 German Tank Destroyers

Used extensively by the German Army of World War Two, the “tank destroyer” was developed to counter the increasing dominance of the tank on the battlefield.

Germany would field a massive 18 different types of tank destroyer in World War Two – compared with the 7 or 8 different types used by US, British and Commonwealth forces. One of these in particular, Sturmgeschütz III, would destroy more tanks than any other AFV in the entire conflict.

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