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Michael Wittmann - Knights Cross Oak Leaves & Swords, EK1, EK2
Rank: SS-Hauptsturmführer
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Cross Class: Knights Cross Oak Leaves & Swords, EK1, EK2
Branch of Service: Waffen SS
Description of Action: Michael Wittmann (April 22, 1914 - August 8, 1944) was a German SS-Hauptsturmführer during World War II. Wittman's crews (chiefly gunner Balthasar "Bobby" Woll, also a Knight's Cross holder) are credited with the confirmed destruction of 138 tanks and 141 artillery pieces, along with an unknown number of other armoured vehicles. Together with Johannes Bölter, Otto Carius and Kurt Knispel (the top scoring German panzer ace of the war with 168 confirmed tank kills[2]) he is considered to be one of the greatest tank commanders in history.[citation needed]
He is famous for his June 13, 1944, ambush of elements of the British 7th Armoured Division's, 22nd Armoured Brigade at the Battle of Villers-Bocage while commanding a Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger. Ref Wikipedia
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