1 SS/101 SS Tiger Ace Bobby Warmbrunn

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1 SS/101 SS Tiger Ace Bobby Warmbrunn

Post by Miles Krogfus » 09 Dec 2015 20:27

Karl-Heinz Warmbrunn born October 15,1924. Rttn. promoted to Uscha. August 1,1944. As a Tiger gunner in Russia he got his KO's mostly with Heinz Kling but a few with Jurgen Brandt. Warmbrunn shot 12 tanks 4 AT near Charkov Febuary-March 1943. Shot 13 tanks 38 AT, Arty. in July. Shot 22 tanks Nov.18-27, including 13 in 2 hours on the 22nd. Final East front total of 53 tanks, SU shot. Become a Tiger tank commander, in Normandy June/July 1944 Warmbrunn shot 4 Shermans. His Tiger #214 KO'd by a Sherman June 27th. After shooting a Sherman on July 18, his Tiger hit and Warmbrunn's right eye injured, ending his Panzer career with 57 tanks and SU shot 73 AT and Arty.
He complained to his CO Kling while in Russia about getting no promotion, no DK or RK. Kling replied that the word came down from "on High" that because his brother Gunter had been involved with a half-Jewish girl, that Bobby was not to be rewarded. (Gunter was killed in Prague during a "Sondereinsatz".) Warmbrunn wrote this in letters to me: The theory of the Superman didn't apply in combat. His Zug leader in Normandy Ostuf. Jurgen Wessel lacked boldness and quick correct decision making . . . "Lotsch und Kleber hatten nicht viel Erfolg im Einsatz. Problem mit Technik ihrer Tiger! Motor! Hoflinger war OK." Bobby's own success resulted from "mein Wissen und Konnen! 19 Jahr alt."
Note though that when he and another Bobby, RK holder Woll, became Tiger tank commanders, they scored only 4 and 0 kills in Normandy. Gunners of Zug and Company Tiger commanders, finding themselves often where the action was, the two had many chances to shot at tanks.

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Re: 1 SS/101 SS Tiger Ace Bobby Warmbrunn

Post by Michael Kenny » 10 Dec 2015 00:03

Miles Krogfus wrote: His Tiger #214 KO'd by a Sherman June 27th. .
He was not in '214' during EPSOM.


'214' was destroyed by the Poles in August during TOTALIZE

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He was in one of these 3 EPSOM wrecks.

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unkown 2nd Kp
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Whilst he should be in the middle 2 kp. wreck his description of his KO best matches the fate of the top Tiger '114' .
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Re: 1 SS/101 SS Tiger Ace Bobby Warmbrunn

Post by Miles Krogfus » 10 Dec 2015 18:46

As regards the above photos, Warmbrunn did not combat in 1st or 3rd Komp. 101 SS Tigers. Memories being what they are, information that Patrick Agte gathered for his book sometimes differs a bit from what Bobby told me, including details of his Normandy combats. Werner Wendt of Warmbrunn's LAH SS Tiger units (17 kills as gunner 5 as Tiger commander) wrote that Wittmann's gunner Bobby Woll, after scoring his 80th kill, was first removed from combat at the Tiger unit, rested awhile, then was sent off on leave because of battle fatigue. Willi Otterbein became Wittmann's gunner for the rest of their time on the Eastern Front.

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Re: 1 SS/101 SS Tiger Ace Bobby Warmbrunn

Post by mark67 » 12 Dec 2015 00:15

Michael Kenny wrote:'214' was destroyed by the Poles in August during TOTALIZE
Indeed, Polish Achilles was his nemesis. It happened on 15th August east of Jort. Whole tiger crew was killed inside of tank as center of turret side escape hatch was penetrated by projectile.

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Re: 1 SS/101 SS Tiger Ace Bobby Warmbrunn

Post by Miles Krogfus » 12 Dec 2015 21:27

RK holder Ostuf. Helmut Wendorff born October 20,1920, joined the SS September 4,1939 SS #365017. On August 14,1944 (the 15th stated above) he and his gunner Rtt. Walter Lau scored Wendorff's 84th "shot" tank at very close range, then their Tiger #214 was destroyed by a Sherman. Wendorff and 2 other crewmen killed, Lau seriously wounded, taken as a POW.

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Re: 1 SS/101 SS Tiger Ace Bobby Warmbrunn

Post by Miles Krogfus » 15 Dec 2015 11:08

On page 645 of Patrick Agte's "Jochen Peiper" Warmbrunn's Einsatztage is shown: 27 combat days in Russia, 2 in Normandy. 45 armor kills as a gunner, 57 76.2 mm AT, 5 45 mm AT, 2 122 mm Arty and 12 kills as a Tiger commander, 11 AT shot. In Russia while still assigned as a gunner, Bobby had to take over a Tiger's command in a few combats and scored 8 kills. As I state above, he claimed only 4 kills in France while assigned to the commander's position.

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Re: 1 SS/101 SS Tiger Ace Bobby Warmbrunn

Post by G.hattiko) » 22 May 2019 21:34

Dear members, could you please advise me, how can I find any information about Mr Karl Heinz (bobby) Warmbrunn?
Was it me or the lucky strike?

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