SP43 Deadeye Smoyer - extremely detailed historical report on website on the Panther / M26 Pershing duel

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By chance I have stumbled on an extremely detailed and very interesting report on the situation mirrored in the scenario SP43 Deadeye Smoyer:

It happened in the vincinity of the Cologne cathedral on 6. March 1945 describing the duel between a German Panther which had first taken out a US Sherman and then been engaged and destroyed by a US M26 Sherman.

There is an explanation presented why the Panther did not fire first although it had its gun facing towards the right direction when the Pershing entered its view: The daughter of the deceased German tank commander related that her father had told her after the war that he believed seeing a German tank at first and thus did not give the order to fire. The M26 was at the time a rare beast and the German commander apparently expected a Sherman such as the one he had just destoryed minutes before.

See this link:


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By chance I have stumbled on an extremely detailed and very interesting report on the situation mirrored in the scenario SP43 Deadeye Smoyer:

It happened in the vincinity of the Cologne cathedral on 6. March 1945 describing the duel between a German Panther which had first taken out a US Sherman and then been engaged and destroyed by a US M26 Sherman.

There is an explanation presented why the Panther did not fire first although it had its gun facing towards the right direction when the Pershing entered its view: The daughter of the deceased German tank commander related that her father had told her after the war that he believed seeing a German tank at first and thus did not give the order to fire. The M26 was at the time a rare beast and the German commander apparently expected a Sherman such as the one he had just destoryed minutes before.

See this link:
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For an account of the story in English, see here:

 
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