general g wrote:
And the nitpicking about Wittmanns 'kills' has a political motivation.
As the main 'nitpicker' I can assure you politics (with or without a capital 'P') never entered in to it. Anyone could have done the same calculations and found the numbers were hugely inflated.
general g wrote:The truth is the man killed a lot of tanks(how many exactly were realy total loss being irrelevant) in his long career and that makes him one of the great tank commanders.
You would think so but again upon looking at the numbers you find that every one of his 138 'kill total' dates from July 1943-june 1944(just over 11 months) and his period in Tigers . Not a single claim is carried over from his Stug. service.
In Agte's book on Wittmann you read that he left Russia for Normandy with 114 or 117 kills to his name. Over half
this total seems to have been racked up in the period 7th January to 29th January. It is said his kill total was:
56 on 7/1/44 (page 213)
66 on 9/1/44 (page 181)
88 on 13/1/44 (page 213)
114-117 29/1/44 (page 185)
His total was 117 kills in Russia and all were claimed July 1943-January 1944 (6 months).
117 in 6 months.
Nothing much happens for months and in single actions he routinely adds 10+ to his tally.
We know for certain his Normandy total is at least twice reality.
Wittmann came from nowhere and was gone in just over a year. The hype is nearly all 1960's post-war invention and despite all claims to the contrary Allied tankers in France had never heard
of Wittmann or even noticed his passing..