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Tiger I of Schwere Panzer Abteilung 508 on Highway 6

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Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf E Tiger I of Schwere Panzer Abteilung (Heavy Tank Battalion) 508 is overturned next to Highway 6 near Poggibonsi, 20 miles (32.1 kilometers) south of Florence. Schwere Panzer Abteilung 508 was sent to Italy to counter the Allied landing at Anzio in January 1944. Equipped with Tiger Is and Panzer IIIs, the Battalion fought a withdrawal through Rome, attached to various German infantry units. After Rome fell on June 4, the Germans began a general withdrawal north, and Panzer Abeteilung 508 was used to prevent the Germany Army in Italy from being cut off. Facing constant air raids and little time for required maintenance, thirteen of 508‘s Tigers, including this one, were destroyed and abandoned by their crews because of mechanical failures by June 13. When the Battalion reached Poggibonsi, the day this photo was taken, it was equipped with new Tigers, bringing its combat strength to thirty-seven. The Battalion fought in Italy with the Tiger I tank throughout the war. In early 1945 it received Panthers as well. The lack of tanks and spare parts forced some of the Battalion to be employed as infantry in March-April 1945 as the unit was withdrawn into Germany.
Image Filename wwii0157.jpg
Image Size 620.95 KB
Image Dimensions 908 x 663
Photographer Tanner
Photographer Title Captain
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed June 18, 1944
Location Highway 6
City Poggibonsi
State or Province Tuscany
Country Italy
Archive Imperial War Museum
Record Number TR 1920
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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