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Michael Wittmann
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Michael Wittmann in 1944
Born (1914-04-22)22 April 1914
Vogelthal, Bavaria, German Empire
Died 8 August 1944(1944-08-08) (aged 30)
near Saint-Aignan-de-Cramesnil, Normandy, German-occupied France
Buried
La Cambe German war cemetery (reinterred)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1934-1936)
Waffen SS (1936-1944)
Years of service 1934–1944
Rank SS-Hauptsturmführer
Unit SS Division Leibstandarte
101st SS Heavy Panzer Battalion
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Michael Wittmann (22 April 1914 – 8 August 1944) was a German Waffen-SS tank commander during the Second World War. He is known for his ambush of elements of the British 7th Armoured Division during the Battle of Villers-Bocage on 13 June 1944. While in command of a Tiger I tank, Wittmann destroyed up to fourteen tanks and fifteen personnel carriers, along with two anti-tank guns, within the space of fifteen minutes. The news was picked up and disseminated by the Nazi propaganda machine and added to Wittmann's reputation in Germany.

Wittmann became a cult figure after the war thanks to his accomplishments as a "panzer ace" (a highly decorated tank commander), part of the portrayal of the Waffen-SS in popular culture. Historians have mixed opinions as to his tactical performance in battle. Some praised his actions at Villers-Bocage, while others found his abilities lacking, and the praise for his tank kills overstated.

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