Iron Grave: KO & Wrecked Panzers in Normandy 1944
Beneath are a selection of photographs from KO’d and destroyed Tanks (“Panzers”) from the German armed forces during the Normandy campaign in 1944.
“And if we are abandoned by treacherous luck,
And if we don’t return home again,
If death’s bullet finds us, and fate calls us away, yes, us away.
Then our tank shall become an iron grave!”
Photographs of Panzer wrecks
Panther wreck being inspected by U.S. Soldiers in Normandy.
Destroyed Panther in Normandy
Panzerkampfwagen IV wreck in Normandy.
A Sherman tank passes a wrecked German Mk IV near Cagny during Operation ‘Goodwood’, 18 July 1944.
Turretless King Tiger Normandy.
A StuG III destroyed in Normandy, 1944.
A Wespe destroyed in Normandy, 1944.
Dwight D. Eisenhower walking past a destroyed German Tiger Tank after the battle of Chambois, France 1944.
A StuG IV destroyed and abandoned in Normandy, 1944.
A knocked-out Panzerkampfwagen IV, August 1944. German panzer divisions had one battalion equipped with the Pzkpfw IV and another with Panthers, with a total of 160 tanks at full strength. Actual numbers varied widely though, and the Germans were unable to replace their losses.
A Panther of Panzer Lehr Division, one of five knocked out in the village of Lingèvres by a single Sherman Firefly of 4th/7th Dragoon Guards on 14 June 1944. The Panther was a formidable opponent, superior to most Allied tanks, but vulnerable to the British 17-pounder gun mounted on the Firefly.
L/Cpl Phillips, Pte Best, Pte Watson and Cpl Walter of 6th Airborne Division investigate the remains of a German self-propelled gun which they knocked-out, 5 August 1944.
- Photographic Credits: U.S. Army Signal Corps
- Photographic Credits: Imperial War Museum
- KO & Wreck Panzers, in Normandy 1944
- Jagdpanzer 38t, from the Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.
- Kugelpanzer, the most mysterious and weirdest tank of WWII.
- Tiger I & Tiger II, stunning images of both Tiger tanks.
- Dummy Tanks of World War II.
- Otto Carius, Tank Ace of WWII.
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