In Combat

NEW CHAPTER IN STORY OF TIGER 131: 2/6 R...

Sep 08, 2017No Comments

As a boy, Dale Oscroft would encourage his father John to talk about his wartime experiences in the Sherwood Foresters.

Tiger Combat Debut

TIGER COMBAT DEBUT

Aug 31, 20171 Comment

The Tiger combat debut took place in August 1942 on the Eastern Front. It was not a success, with three of the four breaking down.

NORTH AFRICA VETERAN REG HUNT REMEMBERS

Aug 16, 2017No Comments

In June 2017 North Africa veteran Reg Hunt, aged 101, visited The Tank Museum and spoke about his experiences as a soldier before and during the Second World War.

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VILLERS-BOCAGE VETERAN CHARLIE BURGESS

Aug 10, 2017No Comments

As part of the Museum’s veteran interview programme, former 8th Hussar, Charlie Burgess was recently filmed about his experiences as a tank driver during the Second World War, including action at Villers-Bocage. Charlie joined the Army in November 1940 as

PROKHOROVKA AND THE MYTH OF THE LARGEST TAN...

Jul 18, 20174 Comments

For decades the Battle of Kursk has been widely believed to be the largest tank battle in history. In particular the fighting at Prokhorovka on the 12th July is often reported to have involved anywhere from 1200 to 2000 tanks

SOVIET TANKS AT KURSK

Jul 18, 2017No Comments

The Soviet defenders in the Kursk salient had over 1.3 million men, 3500 tanks and 28,000 pieces of artillery and anti-tank guns plus more in reserve. They also built anti-tank strongpoints, bunkers and ditches and laid hundreds of thousands of

GERMAN TANKS AT KURSK

Jul 18, 20171 Comment

The attacking German forces at Kursk amassed 777,000 men and around 2500 tanks and assault guns. This was about 70 per cent of all their tanks on the Eastern Front.

THE BATTLE OF KURSK – PART I

Jul 17, 2017No Comments

The Battle of Kursk was a massive operation, involving hundreds of thousands of men over hundreds of square miles and several weeks. 

THE BATTLE OF KURSK – PART II

Jul 17, 2017No Comments

Prior knowledge of the German attack enabled the Soviets to bring Operation Citadel to a halt.  Part 2 tells the story of the Soviet counterattack during the Battle of Kursk.

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BACKGROUND TO THE BATTLE OF KURSK

Jul 11, 2017No Comments

The Battle of Kursk was one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War.  Fought between the 5th July and 23rd August 1943, it began with a strong German attack, but ended with the Soviet Union having taken