This is incorrect. Of the 25 British tanks claimed as 'kills' only 11 are known to be victims of AP shot.Matrose71 wrote: On the german side was no single anti tank gun in action so all destroyed tanks go to the german tanks.
I Stuart is known to have been hit by a mortar round.
That leaves 13 where the tanks were abandoned and left by the crews.
Several of these tanks are shown being driven by the Germans after the battle.
The Commander of Pz. Lehr is shown in a photo using one.
2 are shown being driven by SS 101 crews.
I of these Cromwells was used by the Germans and features in a later July intelligence report when it was retaken intact by the British.
The Officer in charge of the Cromwells at Pt. 213 asked for permision to destroy his tanks twice over the radio and both calls are logged. He was told to do so and this was the fate of the tanks in the so called 'orchard' at Pt. 213.
So you see self-destruction was the fate of over half the tanks.
If you can tell me which Units from 2nd Pz. Division were involved then we might be able to figure it out.alecsandros wrote:What was the tactical situation during the second attack? In terms of terrain, effective combat strength and unit placement ?
As you know the situation was very serious for the Germans and they flung everything they had into the battle as it arrived. The lead formations were indeed in action (there is a photo of 7th Armoured Division soldiers with captured 2nd Pz.Division prisoners who are dressed as 'GJ' - as the mountain boots/cap insignias/ sleeve insignias confirm ) but it is impossible to know which unit fought where and when. This confusion is being used to undercount the German forces engaged.