Schwere ϟϟ-Panzer-Abteilung 101 of 1.ϟϟ-Panzerkorps

Tiger n°133 of s.SS-Pz.Abt.101
Tiger n°331 of s.SS-Pz.Abt.101
Top image: Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E n°133 en route to the Normandy Front. Tiger n°133 was commanded by SS-Unterscharführer Helmut Dannleitner and assigned to the schwere SS-Panzerabteilung 101, one of Waffen-SS's elite armored units, acting as a fire brigade and a crack assault unit on all fronts. Photo by Kriegsberichter Scheck. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Bottom image: Tiger n°331 commanded by SS-Untersturmführer Alfred Günther of the 3.Kompanie of schwere SS-Panzerabteilung 101. Photo: Kriegsberichter Scheck, France 1944. Commons: Bundesarchiv. The German Tiger Tank was introduced in August 1942 and was at that time the most powerful Panzer in the world. The success of the Tiger was so profound, that no allied tank dared to engage it in open combat. This psychological fear soon became to be known as Tigerphobia. Both the German automotive manufacturer of luxury high performance automobiles, Porsche of Stuttgart and Henschel und Sohn of Kasseland were responsible for the chassis and automotive design. Turret and main weapon design was awarded to yet another prominent 400-year-old German firm, Krupp of Essen. This mighty Panzer was given its nickname Tiger by Ferdinand Porsche. During the Battle of Normandy the I.SS-Panzerkorps were assigned to the 1.SS-Panzerdivision Leibstandarte SS, 12.SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend, Panzer Lehr Division and the 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen.

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