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  1st Issue: German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - Michael Wittmann, '222', schwere SS Panzer Abteilung 101, Villers Bocage, France, 1944 (1:16 Scale)
German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - Michael Wittmann, 222, schwere SS Panzer Abteilung 101, Villers Bocage, France, 1944

Unimax Extreme Metal German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - Michael Wittmann, '222', schwere SS Panzer Abteilung 101, Villers Bocage, France, 1944




 
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Forces of Valor 85204 German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - Michael Wittmann, '222', schwere SS Panzer Abteilung 101, Villers Bocage, France, 1944 (1:16 Scale) "Yes, I must say that the decision was a very, very difficult one. Never before had I been so impressed by the strength of the enemy as I was by those tanks rolling by; but I knew that it absolutely had to be and I decided to strike out into the enemy."
- Michael Wittmann, recalling the events leading up to the action at Villers Bocage

The German Waffenamt issued an order to design the VK4501(H) (as the PzKpfw VI Ausf. E was then known) in May 1941, just one month prior to the commencement of Operation Barbarossa. Interestingly, Henschel und Sohn of Kassel was charged with building the heavily armored chassis while Krupp, by far the largest munitionwerks in Germany, was given the task of developing the turret. The PzKpfw VI Ausfuhrung E (type E) was one of the first German tanks to feature a torsion bar with eight interleaved wheels, which was designed to support the weight of the mammoth 57-ton tank. The Ausf. E mounted a huge 8.8cm KwK36 L/56 cannon and featured two MG34 machine guns for close support against enemy infantry. By war's end, 1,354 vehicles had been produced, some rolling off the Wegmann assembly line.

Unimax all-new 1:16 scale rendition of Michael Wittmann's Tiger I heavy tank comes with a removable engine, 1:16 scale replica of Michael Wittmann, and numbered collector card. Also comes with diecast ammunition, oil drums, and tank traps. Tank sports a rotating turret, elevating gun and opening hatches and comes slathered with a layer of distressed zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste just like the real thing! Only 2,000 pieces produced. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Length: 25 inches
Width: 9 inches
Height: 7.5 inches

Release Date: November 2006

Original Issue Price: $399.99

Historical Account: "Mars Triumphant" - On June 13th, 1944, 2 Kompanie of SS Panzerabteilung 101, led by Tiger ace Michael Wittmann, took up positions on a hill overlooking the town of Villers Bocage. Wittmann's orders were to stop the advance guard of the British 7th Armored Division (the famous 'Desert Rats') from advancing through the village, which would throw open the road to the city of Caen. At about 8:00 AM, Wittmann's company attacked a column of British armor travelling along a sunken road near the town. Wittmann himself waited until the British column came within 100 meters of his position before opening fire. Within minutes, his tank destroyed the column's leading and trailing vehicles, thereby blocking the escape route for the rest of the column.

From the cover of a small wood, Wittmann's Tiger tank systematically eliminated the rest of the British column, destroying some 25 Cromwell and Firefly tanks, and laying waste to another 28 vehicles (among them some 14 half-tracks and 14 Bren gun carriers) of the 4th County of London Yeomanry Regiment ("Sharpshooters"), 22nd Armored Brigade. Meanwhile, the other 3 Tigers and PzKpfw IV of Panzerabteilung 101, which were firing in support, destroyed eight more British tanks as they attempted to move into the town proper. In the ensuing street battle, Wittmann's Tiger had its track blown off by a British 6-pounder, forcing the crew to bail out and take cover. Two other Tigers were eventually destroyed by infantry-crewed PIAT anti-tank guns. Despite these losses, however, Wittmann's command succeeded at their task, denying the all-important town from falling into British hands.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Rotating turret
  • Elevating gun
  • Removable engine
  • 1:16 scale replica of Michael Wittmann
  • Tank traps and oil drums
  • Shrouded in a distressed summer camouflage pattern with zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste
  • Numbered certificate of authenticity

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.


  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Wittmann's Mount June 19, 2007
Reviewer: chris mckillip from peru, IN United States  
A lot of thought was put into this thing. The box is cool. The instructions to put it together are well made. The packaging is world class. Alot of info on tank is nicely done. The tank itself is great! Very happy trick all the way around detail wise. People this product rivals sideshowtoy.com in quality. It goes together with some time, but looks great. The size is enough and weight isn't that bad either. The documentation is good. Buy this, you will not be disappointed. My only regret is I was unable to get my hands on a tiger 2 tank. Truly thumbs up on this one!!

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