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Michael Wittmann in 1944
22 April 1914|
Vogelthal, Bavaria, German Empire
|Died||8 August 1944
near Saint-Aignan-de-Cramesnil, Normandy, German-occupied France
La Cambe German war cemetery (reinterred)
Waffen SS (1936-1944)
|Years of service||1934–1944|
|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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