At approximately 1230 hours on 8 August 1944, seven Tigers of 101 SS Heavy Tank Battalion attacked north along Route Nationale 158, writes military historian Lt. Col. Brian Reid (retd.) Little did anyone know that the coming engagement would lead to one of the Second World War’s greatest mysteries.
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The attack, part of the 12th SS Panzer Division counterattack intended to block an Allied offensive until reinforcements could arrive, was a disaster; the Germans lost five Tigers, including one commanded by SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the acting battalion commander, who was killed in action sometime between 1230 and 1252 hours.