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Would like assistance...Help identifying this German tank group during Ardennes...
Old 04-21-2018, 06:12 PM   #1
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Default Would like assistance...Help identifying this German tank group during Ardennes...

I am hoping someone here may be able to answer a long time question I've been pondering...related to a story from my Dad from his service during the Ardennes.

My Father, Charles H. Ward was a Staff Sargent with the 84th Division, 333rd Infantry, Company L. His encounter with a Tiger tank during the Ardennes Offensive was a family favorite as I was growing up...I have an audio tape that he made at age 65 describing the indecent but unfortunately as a new user I don't yet have permission to post attachments so cannot add it here.

Basically the encounter was in the days after December 25th, 1945 when 333rd, Company L was dug in on the far side of Verdenne which they had retaken from Germans in the wee night hours of Christmas 1944...In the audio Dad states this encounter was the only time during the war he saw a Tiger tank. The story continues as he notes the US anti-tank gunners located in the area of his foxhole hit the tank in it's front armor several times with shells just bouncing off...it was only when the tank retreated and turned sideways that the anti-tank shells hit the side of the tank, knocking it out.

I've always wondered with the limited number of Tiger tanks that participated in the Ardennes if it would be possible to identify the likely German group the tank was a part of. I've read in a couple of sources that the 116th Panzer division was active in the Verdenne area, but I don't know if there were any Tiger tanks that were a part of the 116th.

Perhaps someone on this forum has a history cross reference that would identify what German tank group with Tiger tanks would have likely have been operating in the area? And would it have been a Tiger 2 tank as I've read there where no Tiger 1 tanks used in the Ardennes?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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Cliff Ward

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Old 04-22-2018, 01:54 PM   #2
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TIGER I's took part in BOB - but other tanks were often confused with TIGERs, even the PANTHER wich does not look very simular to it, and the common Mark IV , wich looks more simular.

What IMO is highly unlikely the way the tank retreated - usually it would just roll back the way it came, not offer his weak side and rear armour.
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Old 04-22-2018, 03:14 PM   #3
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The 6th tank army CC where there were about 50 King tanks the Tiger, and also the 5th tank army of Wehrmacht where there was not a large number of tanks the Tiger 1 participated in Ardennes.
116 tank division incorporated tanks the Panther and T-IV.
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Old 04-22-2018, 03:30 PM   #4
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Almost certainly they were in action against the 116th Panzer Division "Windwund". Therefore the "Tiger" was either a Panzer IV or a Panzer V "Panther".

Tiger seems to have been used to describe almost any German armour in the Bulge.

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Old 04-22-2018, 06:09 PM   #5
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Hi Cliff,

The Tiger II's in the B O B were Corps assets. With the 6th Army was the 501st SS Heavy Tank Battalion from the 1st SS Panzer Corps. These T-2s were attached to the 1st SS Panzer Division and were part of KG Peiper.

With the 5th Army was the 503rd Heavy Tank Battalion (Heer), which operated in the Eifel Region.

There were a limited number of Tiger Is used, but as I recall, they were from a special unit that was supposed to operate small, remotely controlled self propelled explosive vehicles. The remote vehicles did not work well and some of the Tiger Is reverted to their normal fighting role.

That's my memory without dragging my books out.

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Old 05-02-2018, 05:49 PM   #6
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yes, Tiger I were used as command vehicles for Borgward IV vehicles.
But no Tiger I was in the area of the 116. Panzer-Division.

As previously stated, the tank was or a Panzer IV, or a Panther.
Here is a short listing about the Panzer-Regiment 16 Gliederung :


16 December , 1944

I. Bataillon with companies 1 to 4 with Panzer V (Panther) : 64 tanks
II. Bataillon with companies 5 and 6 with Panzer IV (Auf. H) : 27 tanks

I will be able to check the various books i have on the Battle of the Bulge at home in a few days.

There is a book of civilian testimonies about the Verdenne battles (in French, first edition 1994, second edition 2011) :


There is also an US report of the 116. Panzer-Division fights by its Kommandeur Siegfried von Waldenburg, the interesting period is starting on page 25 :


Another great review of the fights of the 84th Infantry Division (in French but with maps) :


I'm sure there is more on German books about the unit and the Christmas fights of the Panzer-Regiment 16.

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