Waffen SS divisions 's tank kill competition

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Waffen SS divisions 's tank kill competition

Post by Kelvin » Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:13 am

I see it on the this forum that 2.SS. Panzer Division Das Reich destroyed 4,000 tanks. Was she the winner in tank kill competition ?
Any tank kill figures for 1.SS. Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler and 3.SS Panzer Division Totenkopf ?

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Re: Waffen SS divisions 's tank kill competition

Post by Christoph Awender » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:02 am

Let´s say they were winning the "how to be creative when collecting statistical data" competition. :wink:

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Re: Waffen SS divisions 's tank kill competition

Post by Kelvin » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:49 am

I suppose that panzer divisions had that data, like Tiger abteilung. :(

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Re: Waffen SS divisions 's tank kill competition

Post by Kelvin » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:53 am

III./Panzer Regiment GroBdeutschland alone destroyed 500 enemy tanks.

503.Schwere Panzer Abteilung alone destroyed 1,700 tanks. :D

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Re: Waffen SS divisions 's tank kill competition

Post by joefraser » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:52 am

Hi,
from what I can make out of German Tank kill figures there seems to be a bit of, shall we say, embelishment. I think the propaganda department wanted high figures to feed to the home front. There appears to be situations where any armoured fighting vehicle was classed as an enemy tank ( confusion of battle maybe ) a bit like the Americans who seemed to class every German tank as a Tiger when they met armour in battle. Also there could be quite legitimate reasons. In a big tank battle ( Kursk for example ) where there were many tanks lots of smoke, explosions, confusion etc. so who is to say that the same Russian tanks were not hit By 2 or more German tanks with all of them claiming a "Kill". There is no real way of counting unless you have won the battle decisively and can physically walk the battlefield and count. Tanks were also repaired after being classed as a kill so is that really a kill? Do you class self propelled guns as tanks or not? That is another factor. I doubt whether there is a complete and accurate figure of pure tank kills covering all the Waffen S.S. divisions for the war and, even if there were, how would you break it down to get a percentage? Life of the division, where it fought, these are all factors in such a question.
Well that's my view anyway, though there are probably more knowledgable people who can give more insight.

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Re: Waffen SS divisions 's tank kill competition

Post by Kelvin » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:02 am

Pz IV really looked like small size Tiger, If I am G.I. without war experience or with little experience, when I see this, I also think the tank facing me is Tiger. :wink:

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Re: Waffen SS divisions 's tank kill competition

Post by Kelvin » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:57 am

23. Panzer division destroyed 2,672 tanks. :up:

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