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During the noon hours of April 05, American forces broke through by surprise in the Reinhardt forest. The Gen.Kdo ignored this situation until late in the afternoon. Among the countermeasures which took the Gen.Kdo was extracting the Regt. Holzer together with the 507 Pz Abt from the front and make them ready in the area of Offensen to meet enemy forces advancing from Hemeln. (1)

On 6 April two tanks from the 741st Tk Bn were sent ahead on a combat reconnaissance to the vilage of Imbsen. As they moved to the far end of town two Tiger Royals were discovered in a field. The German tanks had not noticed the presence of the American tanks when these got several hits on them from about two thousand yards. When the German tanks retreated over a hill one of them was smoking. Next morning Lt Reynolds´s platoon was first in the column. As the leading tank was rounding a bend entering the next village, they met a Tiger tank in the middle of the road. The crew had a few bad moments before he found out the tank was abandoned and burned out. (2)

On 7 April 1945, the 741st Tk Bn reported that Lt Reynolds tank destroyed one Mk V tank in vicinity of Imbsen that afternoon. But later on, on 9 April, Capt Sterrett reported that Co B tanks knocked out one German Tiger tank on April 7th. (3)

This tank came with burning engine to Güntersen and remained lying in the Hauptstraße –Bachstraße cross. American tanks have then pushed it from street. The remaining tanks withdrew into Gräfenburg, by the forest tract between Güntersen-Barterode-Adelebsen.
The cannon was taken to a stable and used by the apprentices for painting practice. (4)

(1) LXVI Corps FMS B-607
(2) The Story of Vitamin Baker
(3) 741st Journal
(4) Local Info

Wreck Photo
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7219296@N06/3584392167/
http://www.tiif.de/thread.php?threadid=256&sid=

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On Thursday ( 05.04.1945 ) two "Königstiger " tanks towed by tracked vehicles arrived to the level crossing to Ottbergen. One them could not follow and was parked in east direction in front of the guest house Spalting , Brakel Street 61. A drive wheel was damaged and the tank had to wait there for help of the company maintenance section. The 88mm cannon of the heavy tank was rotated to the back in west direction to the curve at the Reichsstrasse 64th.

On 22 February 1945, there was an American air attack on Ottbergen which destroyed several houses in the Steinäckern area. The main road was not passable due bomb craters, so the second Königstiger had to continue by the road behind the railway. When turning from the Bahnhofstrasse in the Höxtersche street the barrel of the Königstiger penetrated into the upper floor and damaged the Specht half-timbered house substantially.

Meanwhile at 1935 the CCA of the 3rd US AD departed from Bad Driburg with orders to take the Railroad bridges in the Wehrden area. The Americans met some opposition south of Brakel and after in the Hembsen area. At dusk they arrived at the western edge of Ottbergen. There a US tank was destroyed near the railroad cross. The Königstiger at Spaltings house shot a last time at the arriving US tanks. The Americans reported that although the burning tank lighted the valley, the ey tk fire was very inaccurate and no more tks were hit. Meanwhile the US infantry was trying to destroy the Tiger using some Panzerfausts but the crew abandoned the tank and blew up the Tiger. The tank burned out and its machine gun ammunition and gun shells begun to explode. It became annealing almost white. By the heat the Spalting house rose in flames and lighted up like a torch the village entrance.

The German tank still stood long after the war by the Spalting house. About 1952 the Königstiger was cut in pieces and taken away.

On 4 April the US Army reported also that a prisoner of war saw aprox. 10 damaged Tiger tanks, drawn by tracked vehicles, moving E on the road Bad Driburg – Brakel. Maybe some of these tanks took part in the attack to Willebadessen and were later recovered by the maintenance units. But whereall those Tigers ended?

From:
- „OTTBERGEN - mein Heimatdorf und seine Geschichte“ - Friedrich Wiesemann
- 32nd AR - AAR April 45
- Kurt Kramer


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Dorste, 11 April 45

The first American unit to reach DORSTE was the 2/18th IR of the 1st ID. At 0900 of April 10th Company F was in a fire fight, but after being held by small arms fire went through the town in direction SCHWIEGERHAUSEN.

The Battle Group K from the CCA/3d AD arrived from MARKE and at noon they were preparing to attack OSTERODE along the road to NE. The advance was not expected easy. Enemy infantry dug in and anti-tank weapons were reported on the high ground at coordinates 6949. Civilians from DORSTE also informed that at noon of the previous day three tanks passed through town heading NE.

In fact, at 1030 Company F was ambushed by a hidden enemy Mark VI tank. The Tiger knocked out two tanks and two tank destroyers. Two more tanks were disabled. The remaining tank and TDs were able to score several direct hits on the enemy tank, but the shots were observed to bounce off. The fire from the US artillery forced the Tiger to withdraw.
At 1400 BGK had advanced nearly a kilometer from DORSTE but at 1715 reported an impassable road block at 691489. The 1st ID artillery scored three direct hits on a tank in position 690486. Tank was later found to be a Königstiger. Although the track had been blown off, the tank body suffered no damage.

This Tiger could be the one from the history of Helmut Peters in the book “Zeitzeugen”. Unfortunately, I have not found a local anecdote about this panzer wreck. In this area the road is narrow and the wreck was an obstacle. Most probably the wreck was cleared soon after the war.

By the way, at 1800 the 3d AD informed that the BGK was pinned down by anti-tank fire just outside of DORSTE, although at 2200, the unit had reached its objective and was still fighting in OSTERODE.

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Gieselwerder, 07 April 45

On 7 April 1945, the 413th IR advanced from BONENBURG to GIESELWERDER. Enemy resistance consisted on roadblocks, but only a few were defended by small arms fire. By late afternoon the 3rd Battalion arrived to GIESELWERDER and the bridge over the WESER was blown a few minutes before the unit could reach it.

Two German tanks that remained in the west bank of the river were destroyed by the battalion. There is no local information about these two tanks, but another one was destroyed by its crew with a demolition charge. Also a bazooka was shot at it, but the projectile bounced off and hit a nearby house in Pfingstanger str. damaging the waterworks.
The wreck was moved to Köhlerbach (today there is the Strassenmeisterei) and served as a playground for the local youngsters. Later (1946 or in 1947) the wreck was scrapped.

I asked if the Königstiger photographed by the 8th AD and 893rd TD (see link) could be the GIESELWERDER wreck. An eyewitness told that although it was the same type of tank the pictures were not taken in GIESELWERDER.

Link
http://www.tiif.de/thread.php?threadid=182&sid=

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http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x331...zpsuumpp0mx.jpg

Info from the book “900 Jahre Giesewerder” by Herr Roland Henne, provided kindly by the HV Gieselwerder. Thanks also for asking about the wreck!

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Gierswalde, 9 April 45

From 6 to 9 April 1945 there was a SS unit of the Regiment “Holzer” with 5 heavy tanks of the tiger type in Uslar. The Tigers were deployed on the Sohnreystraße to defend the entry to the city through the Wienserstraße.

On the 9th April the 1/18th Inf. Reg. arrived from Reitliehausen. The German plan had been to defend the city "up to the last stone". But prisoners told later that the orders were changed and the men were put on trucks and went to the northeast. A reason could be that the 3rd Armored Division had reached Hardegsen at 0930 hours, outflanking Uslar.

American troops turned from the Wienserstr. to the Steimke and tried to reach the back of the German tanks through the "Reitbahn" and the Allershausen viaduct. However, the danger was detected in time. Shortly after noon the last two Tigers moved away to Eschershausen. Behind the Forsthause the tanks found that the road block had been closed too early, so they had to find their way to NE on soft forest paths. Nevertheless, they managed a breakthrough.

In the morning the other three Tigers had left to the east. During the day a German tank had remained lying about a kilometer short of Gierswalde and later was sprinkled by his crew. The two remaining Tigers arrived to Volpriehausen, they took positions to stop the American advance. After long negotiations mayor Warnecke and other neighbors persuaded the crews of the senselessness of their intention, and that they were endangering the population needlessly. Then the tanks left Volpriehausen probably in direction of Espol.

The 1/18th occupied Uslar at 2015. Next day the advance followed without opposition and at 0905 the leading elements of 1st Bn were at Bollensen, and at 0927 the Americans had arrived to Volpriehausen.

From: “750 Jahre Volpriehausen”, “1000 Jahre Uslar” and “Damals”.
Thanks to Herr Herbst and Herr Siebrecht

Pic
http://www.tiif.de/thread.php?threadid=182&sid=
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The location of the Volpriehausen Tiger wreck was indeed on the road to Espol. This road is also leading to Moringen (507 Headquarter as far as I remember) and/or to Lauenberg, where another Tiger is reported to have been abandoned.

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Wiebrechtshausen, 10 April 45

On 10 April the 3rd Bn, 18th Inf. Reg. moved from Fredelsloh to Northeim. The Battalion came to rest that night in the vicinity of the city. The Battalion CP in Holtensen, and the companies in the area generally between Holtensen and Wiebrechtshausen. No mention to German tanks, but a Captured Yugoslav Captain stated that 12 tanks including some Tigers, 12 Sps and 6 arty pieces moved NE of Northeim that morning. The road to Langenholtensen, I suppose. Six of the tanks were damaged.

The Wiebrechtshausen Königstiger was abandoned by the monastery and stood long time at this point. Later it was moved to a field and used as a target in military maneuvers. After these maneuvers the tank was taken away.

Thanks to the ortsbürgermeister Köhler for the info!

Link
http://www.tiif.de/thread.php?threadid=262&sid=
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Hi, I have updated the Gierswalde wreck.
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Espol, 9 April 1945

Found in the article “DAS JAHR 1945 IN HARDEGSEN UND UMGEBUNG 10 TEIL”
http://www.localbook.de/Niedersachsen_Bu...iv_150104088890

“Über das Kriegsende in Espol hat Heinrich Ralebrand, der damals als Soldat noch im Krieg war, die damaligen Ereignisse in Gesprächen mit Anwesenden recherchiert.

[…] Einer von zwei Tiger-Panzern, die den Bohlweg herunter fuhren, hatte wohl Lenkschaden und fuhr beim Forsthaus Predelshagen in den Ententeich. Kam mit Mühe wieder frei, kam aber dann nur noch bis kurz vor die Straßenkreuzung, wo er in der Böschung zum Acker von Heinrich Gohrs stecken blieb. Der andere Panzer fuhr in Richtung Weper. Auf der Oldenröder Weper stand ein deutsches Geschütz, das ab und zu Störfeuer in Richtung Solling schoß. Dieses war am 9. April 1945. Am anderen Morgen, den 10. April hörten die Espoler schon ab 9 Uhr Motorengeräusch aus Richtung Delliehausen. Jedoch kamen die Amerikaner nicht wie angenommen den Hackelberg hoch, sondern steil von Delliehausen. Kurz nach 10 Uhr kamen die ersten Fahrzeuge die lange Wiese herunter ins Dorf. Sie fuhren dann meist im und hinter dem Dorf runter. Die Fahrzeuge waren meist Jeeps mit Anhängern und LKWs.”

On 10 April, the 3/18th Inf. Regt. mounted on half-tracks, tanks and tank destroyers and continued the attack to the west. After and advance of 15 miles the column arrived to Fredelsloh. There is no mention to this wreck in the US Army report.

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Schloss Hamborn, 31 March 1945

A chronicle from 391st AFAB:
The radio in the S-3 track crackled. “Hello 15, Hello 15, over.” “Hello 15, send your message, over.” “Hello 15, about six tanks headed down the road along the woods, right into the Tare Fox position. Look like big boys. Last concentration is 500 over, fire volley!” The cub placed harassing fire on the tanks but could not stop ‘them. Our tanks, lights and mediums, began to stream through the battery positions going to the rear. “We can’t stop ‘em with these damn 76’s,” the tankers shouted. The batteries trained their guns on the road as it came out from behind the hill, and loaded with H.E.A.T. One battery fired mixed white phosphorous and H.E. “Got one on fire with WP!” the cub shouted. On the right over the hill at the task force CP, a 90 mm tank opened up. “Two more are stopped!” from the cub. “The others are turning around going back now.” The clenched fingers around the lanyards relaxed a little. “God, that was close? Thank God for the 902s!” I saw the three Tiger Royals this morning. Huge bastards! Did you hear General Rose was killed?! I heard it too. Those SS bastards! He sure put this division on the map. Wonder who’ll take over now. General Hickey, I guess. Couldn’t be a better man to fill Rose’s shoes. Hear the old man was with General Rose when he was killed. Sure hope he’s okay. He’s been with us through thick and thin.

Belton Y. Cooper (Death Traps) took a look to the 3 Tiger wrecks:
I examined the three King Tigers that had been knocked out. The upper left side of the rear armor on one of them had been penetrated by a 76mm, which had gone di-rectly into the fuel tank and set the tank on fire. The projectile had been fired at such an angle that it went through the fuel tanks into the fighting compartment and struck the inside of the six-inch faceplate. Because it did not have enough energy to penetrate the faceplate, the projectile ricocheted inside the tank and created havoc with the crew. The tank was com¬pletely gutted by fire, so it was impossible to tell which had been worse for the crew. I had always been curious about the actual penetrating power of a panzerfaust and also about the strength of the armor on a King Tiger. I felt it was a good time to test out both. I told Wrayford to give me one of the 100-meter panzerfausts.

I took the panzerfaust and paced off approximately thirty yards directly in front of the tank. I set the sight for thirty yards and aimed directly at a ten-inch-square patch of the forward turret faceplate just to one side of the gun mantlet. I fired, and the panzerfaust struck it dead center. There was a tremendous explosion, and we were showered with small cement particles. (The Germans covered their tanks with a thin layer of cement to protect them from magnetic mines.)
The blast center was about four inches to the right of the aperture where the machine gun came through the faceplate.

I examined the two Tigers that had been knocked out by white phosphorus. […] The point of impact of the white phosphorus shell was similar on both Tigers. It struck the upper-right-hand corner of the front glacis plate about a foot and a half from each edge. The detonation probably deafened the driver, and the blast opened up cracks in the welds. These cracks let even more of the white phosphorus gas into the tank and appar¬ently contributed to the crews horror that their tank was on fire. There was no other apparent damage to either of the tanks.”


In the book “Krieg in der Heimat” it is mentioned that several 76-mm projectiles impacted against the turret of Leutnant Pfeuffer´s tank. Finally, a round struck the road wheels, stopping the Tiger. The vehicle of Feldwebel Fritz Ebner burned in flames and the Feldwebel Fritz Ebner's tank received a hit at point-blank range on the turret from a Sherman tank.

There are some differences but there were not another group of three Königstiger wrecks in the area. Two more Mk VI (Tiger Royal) tanks are mentioned in the 703rd TD reports. They were destroyed 2 Km to the NE of Schloss Hamborn. One with a hit at the turet ring, below the gun shield and the other with a hit in the engine compartment, at the rear of the tank.

The Tigers remained in the battle field some time after the war. In October 1945, Unteroffizier Sebastian Hüpfl got the permission to visit the wrecks place. He could bring the rests of his fallen companions to the Nordborchen Pfarrer. The first Hamborner students played loud oral narratives in and on them and found the way to dismount the balls of the Panzers ball bearings, to use them as marbles.

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