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    Jagdtiger in action

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    Jagdtiger in action

    Post by lockie on Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:32 pm

    Here's a good scenario for the mission.
    There are:
    - Sherman (M4A1/Jumbo?)
    - P-47
    - APC M-10
    During the begining of March, s.Pz.Jäg.Abt.653 was refitted with repaired Jagdtigers while waiting for orders. 03.11.1945, the unit actually reached its maximum capacity. On the night between 03.15-03.16.45, s.Pz.Jäg.Abt.653 was involved in heavy combat. On 03.15, the Allies had bombarded and afterwards attacked the German positions, and s.Pz.Jäg.Abt.653 was sent out to counter-attack the Allied forces. Neither the Allies, not the Germans, could go anywhere, and both sides received heavy losses. The Jagdtigers inflicted heavy casualties among the Allied tanks and infantry, but Allied artillery took several hits, and the Germans needed to tow 21 Jagdtigers away. Later that month, it was proved that the 12,8 cm Pak 80 was capable of taking out Allied tanks at ranges up to 4,000 meters. An Allied Sherman column was all, but destroyed by heavy fire, while the Sherman crews panicked. Having called in air support, s.Pz.Jäg.Abt.653 had to retreat as P-47s showed up. 5 Jagdtiger were hit, of which 4 were destroyed. To save s.Pz.Jäg.Abt.653 from more losses, it was withdrawed from the front. Meanwhile, several Jagdtigers were destroyed by Allied infantry and tanks, of which one was destroyed by point-blank range by 3 Shermans. At Neustadt, 3 Jagdtigers did manage to take out 25 M10s and Shermans, and although the Jagdtigers took several hits, they didn't suffer any casualties, and were able to withdraw.
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    Re: Jagdtiger in action

    Post by woofiedog on Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:09 pm

    Another site with information regarding the Jagdtiger's of Pz.Jäg.Abt.653 fighting the U.S. forces in March/April 1945 and it also includes then & now photos of the combat area.

    A little information concerning the Jagdtiger from Otto Carius.

    Tiger ace Otto Carius commanded the second of three companies of Jagdtigers in Panzerjagerabteilung 512.

    His memoir Tigers in the Mud provides a rare combat history of the ten Jagdtigers under his command. He states that Jagdtigers were not utilized to their full potential due to several factors.

    Among them that Allied air supremacy made it difficult to move, the massive gun needed to be re-calibrated from jarring after traveling off-road for even short distances

    This particular problem was attributed more to the eight wheel Porsche type suspension which proved unfit for off-road terrain, causing excessive vibrations which over a short period could throw the gun out of calibration.

    More modern 9 wheel Henschel type suspension system from the King Tiger was thought to have less of this particular problem: which type Carius commanded is unknown), it was slow, and transmissions and differentials broke down easily because the whole 72 tonne vehicle needed to rotate to traverse the gun.

    Production history by serial number Date, Number produced, Serial #.

    February 1944 2, 305001–305002
    July 1944         3, 305003–305005
    August 1944 3, 305006–305008
    September 1944 8, 305009–305016
    October 1944 9, 305017–305025
    November 1944 6, 305026–305031
    December 1944 20, 305032–305051
    January 1945 10, 305052–305061
    February 1945 13, 305062–305074
    March 1945 3, 305075–305077
    April 1945         7, 305078–305084
    May 1945        4, 305085–305088

    After serial number 305011 (September 1944), no Zimmerit anti-magnetic paste was factory applied.

    One other site that has the surviving Tiger models and parts.

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