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Overturned Twelfth SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend“ Panther Ausf A

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A heavily damaged Panzerkampfwagen V Panther ausf A of theThird Company, First Abteilung (Battaltion), Twelfth SS Panzer Regiment, Twelfth SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend“ lies flipped over next to the road between Norry-en-Bessin and Bretteville-l‘Orgueilleuse. Note the sign attached that says “remove gearbox.“ After the failure of the First Abteilung‘s First and Fourth Companies of the Twelfth SS Panzer Regiemnt to seize Bretteville-l‘Orgueilleuse on the night of June 8-9, 1944, SS-Oberfuhrer (later SS-Brigadefuhrer) Kurt “Panzer“ Meyer ordered the recently arrivedThird Company to attack Norrey in a daring daylight armored thrust. Again outpacing their infantry with orders to stop only to fire, the Panthers turned from the Caen-Bayeux Highway into the fields to attack the First Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment,Third Canadian Division. However, expecting the Canadians to open fire with their 6-pounder 57mm (2.24 inch) anti-tank guns and thus turning towards them to put their 80 mm frontal armor to the Canadians, the Panthers under Hauptmann Luedemann exposed their side and rear flanks to fire from nine Canadian Shermans of C Squadron, 25th Armored Delivery “Elgin Regiment“ who were bringing replacement tanks as reinforcements from Juno Beach. The Elgins‘ tanks included Sherman Fireflies armed with a 17-pounder 77mm (3 inch) anti-tank gun. Seven Panthers were destroyed; fifteen of thirty-five crewmen were killed; the rest were burned or wounded. As the Panthers withdrew, they were hit by artillery fire from the Canadians and Allied ships offshore. Later, this Panther was overturned by Allied Engineers to remove it from the road. It is often reported that this tank was hit by fighter-bombers; the damage to the hull bottom is the result of tests by the engineers to see what explosives could damage the tank.
Image Filename wwii0141.jpg
Image Size 1.04 MB
Image Dimensions 1600 x 950
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed June 09, 1945
Location Field by the Caen-Bayeux Road
City Norrey-en-Bessin
State or Province Normandy
Country France
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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