Is Michael Wittmann the greatest Nazi warrior ever?
Any interesting stories about him?
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
First off he was German, and not a member of the Nazi party although he was part of the regime's private army: the Waffen SS. So he was not a "Nazi warrior", even if was part of the Nazi party he still wouldn't have been a "Nazi warrior". Such a term is just incorrect at any rate.
Was the greatest warrior? If by greatest, you mean in terms of destruction brought about on the enemy, then no. There are other tank commanders out there that destroyed more tanks than he did (Kurt Knispel with 168 alleged tanks destroyed, Otto Carius with over 150 alleged tanks destroyed, Johannes Bölter with around 140 alleged tanks destroyed. All regular army.).
In Henri Marie's 'Villers Bocage', the final chapter is by the German tank instructor and historian Wolfgang Schneider clearly highlights the numerous errors that Wittmann racked up as a tank commander and seriously rejects the notion that he was a great commander. At Villers-Bocage, he left a broken down tank at the head of his column in a narrow lane thus impairing his mobility, he conducted no recon, spread out his force, and acted rash. Schneider argues, and quite rightly, had Wittmann conducted recon and communicated and co-operated with the other nearby company from his battalion that a major defeat could have been inflicted on the British that day. Instead, a squadron of British tanks were destroyed (which lets be honest was nothing major and could be replaced in no time), numerous Tigers were destroyed or damaged (near enough impossible to replace, and the first Tiger lost in combat was Wittmanns) and nothing much was achieved other than the major damage to the town. Schneider then examines Wittmann's final actions: another attack launched without recon, across open fields, right into an ambush resulting in the loss of further precious Tiger tanks and the unnecessary loss of his life and his crews. Schneider concludes that Wittmann was nothing more than the product of Waffen-SS propaganda who were in dire need of a hero since they could not compete with the regular army in terms of exploits. A quite convincing argument.
In short, no.Source(s): Henri Marie's 'Villers Bocage'
- Anonymous8 years ago
never was a Great Nazi Warrior they Lost remember
- 8 years ago
Yes he is. The first answerer sounds like a Jew