TIGERS IN NORMANDY By Nicolas Trudgian
During the fierce fighting following the Allied Invasion of Normandy, the Germans began to throw in their heavy armour to prevent the British from gaining any further advances. This included their most feared tanks - the Panzerkampfwagen VI the famous 'Tiger'.
The Tiger was a true heavy tank armed with a high velocity 88mm gun and possessed of extremely heavy armour to allow the vehicle to engage many times it's own number of opponents - and still survive. By the time of the battles around Caen, Allied tankman already knew of the strengths of the Tiger Tank.
The Battle for Hill 112 just a few miles from Caen created some of the bitterest fighting between Allied and German armour. On 9th July 1944 the Tigers of SS Panzer Battalion 102 were ordered to advance and push the enemy back. 1st Kompanie came under fire from the village of Maltot and the Tigers ran headlong into Shermans and a battle ensued a short range - Unterscharffuhrer Fey destroyed three Sherman ranks at only 200 yards range. The Battle for Hill 112 would rage for another 3 weeks before the Allies finally took it.
Nick's amazing scene shows the Tigers of SS-Panzer Battalion 102 advancing through Maltot while overhead the Me109G's of II/JG26 render aerial support.
The Print is Signed by Artist Nicolas Trudgian and THREE veterans who served in the most famous Tank in history:-
OBERSTLEUTNANT ALFRED RUBBEL -Schw.PzAbt 503
FELDWEBEL RICHARD SCHARZMANN - Schw.Pz.Abt 503
UNTEROFFIZIER DR FRANZ-WILHELM LOCHMANN - Schw.Pz.Abt 503
The Print measures 33.5 x 23.5 Inches and comes with the CoA