Russia's BMP Infantry Combat Vehicles by David Markov, Steven Zaloga

By David Markov, Steven Zaloga

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Kfz. 7 / 1 . This was developed f r o m Wolfgang Schneider's Tigers in Combat 1, Thomas L. Jentz's Tiger I and II, and Peter Gudgin's The Tiger Tanks. 23 HEAVY TANK BATTALION OVERVIEW The A r m y General Staff p l a n n e d to field all three authorized t a n k c o m p a nies, so the w o r k s h o p a n d h e a d q u a r t e r s c o m p a n i e s separated a n d increased in size. T h e w o r k s h o p c o m p a n y increased to three m a i n t e n a n c e p l a t o o n s a n d a recovery platoon.

As a result of the emphasis placed u p o n this theater by Hitler, OKH ordered Heavy Tank Battalion 501 to N o r t h Africa. T h e first elements landed in Bizerte, Tunisia, on 23 N o v e m b e r 1942. Because of Allied pressure on the p o r t s a n d airfields in Tunisia, elements of the battalion formed p a r t of an ad h o c C o m b a t G r o u p immediately u p o n disembarkation, fighting their first action on 1 D e c e m b e r 1942. Heavy Tank Battalion 501 engaged in m i n o r counterattacks until 17 March 1943.

T h e designs of the Tiger a n d King Tiger made t h e m formidable battlefield o p p o n e n t s . From the published histories of both Allied a n d Axis forces, very few Allied tankers willingly engaged in direct combat with a Tiger or King Tiger. If there were other options, such as bypassing their positions or employing artillery or tactical aircraft against the Tigers, these options were used first. 90 91 92 The Tiger a n d King Tiger also h a d a few weaknesses that b e c a m e evident in the defensive withdrawals after 1943.

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