A subject of considerable debate over the years, the status of the so-called ‘tank aces’ is well-established in popular history, but is it justified? John Ash asks.

Waffen-SS tank commander Htpstuf. Michael Wittmann.

Throughout the Second World War, a number of well-experienced and skilled Wehrmacht and SS ‘tank aces’ were able to amass an incredible number of victories, mostly while operating Tigers, giving rise to one of many popular titles – the Tiger Aces.

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