Friday, July 15, 2016
From the Alan Hamby Internet web site we have this article:
German tank commanders during the Second World War [WW2] with extraordinary numbers of "kills" Enemy armor destroyed.
"Listed here are Tiger I commanders and gunners with the highest number of enemy tank kills."
TANK KILLERS [almost exclusively so manning and commanding Tiger tanks]
1. Kurt Knispel –168 Kills
2. Otto Carius – 150+ Kills
3. Johannes (Hans) Bolter-- 139 Kills (possibly 144)
4. Michael Wittman – 138 Kills
5. Hans Sandrock – 123 Kills
6. Paul Egger – 113 Kills
7. Fritz Lang– 113 Kills
8. Arno Giesen – 111 Kills
9. Oberfahnrich Rondorf—106 kills
10. Feldwebel Gaetner ( Gartner?)– 103 Kills
11. Karl Koener – 100+ Kills
12. Albert Kerscher – 100+ Kills
13. Balthazar (Bobby) Woll–100+ Kills, 81 as Gunner
14. Helmut Wendorff—84 Kills
15. Ernst Barkmann—82+ Kills
16. Eric Litztke—76 Kills
17. Hermann Bix – 75+ Kills
18. Hans Strippel – 70 Kills
19. Emil Seibold – 69 Kills
20. Wilhelm Knauth—68 Kills
[Kurt Knispel the preponderance of his enemy armor destroyed as a gunner. Bobby Woll also the same.]
Different listings giving slightly different results. In all instance [?] we must understand we are speaking of enemy tanks destroyed. NO anti-tank guns, artillery, self-propelled guns or soft-skinned vehicles included in those totals.
See this modern perception of the German tank aces. In several cases that perspective less than FAVORABLE!
THE SUGGESTION MADE THAT TIGER TANK COMMANDERS AND THEIR CREWS SHOULD HAVE HAD A LOT OF ENEMY ARMOR DESTROYED! THEY HAD AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE THE TIGER TANK WITH HEAVY ARMOR AND ENORMOUS AND POWERFUL GUN OUTCLASSING THE SOVIET COMPETITOR!!