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Post #1 Guest_viking_*

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 06:33 PM

Guys,

 

I was asked to write a historical synopsis of Ernst Barkmann's engagement with American forces near St. Lo, France, and specifically at a place which famously became known as Barkmann's Corner.

 

Barkmann was assigned to the 4.Kompanie, 2nd SS Panzer Division, Das Reich.  During the fighting in and around Normandy, France, he found himself cut off from his kompanie on July 26.  While trying to reach his unit with his Panther Ausf. A tank (Nr. 424), he stopped his tank near the village of Le Lorey (near Coutances) on July 27.  Here he was told by German infantrymen that an American armored column was coming down the road to the village.  Barkmann had two members of his tank crew go up the road to confirm the information he had received, and his crewmen reported that indeed an armored column was coming.  Barkmann in turn positioned his tank under a copse of oak trees at the crossroads where the armored column would have to pass.

 

During Barkmann's one day engagement with American forces in the bocage country he knocked out nine M4A1 Sherman tanks of the U.S. 3rd Armored Division, Dog Company, 32nd Armored Regiment (CCA), during the action.  Barkmann was supported by two platoons of SS Panzergrenadiers assigned to 3.Kompanie of Das Reich. 

 

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Post #2 Firebat

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Posted 16 May 2015 - 10:40 AM

Well that is some wonderful food for thought......I think I will have to bring that engagement to life.



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Posted 30 May 2015 - 01:18 AM

Good right up Alex II,

 

Alex , It could make a nice but expensive dio, here are two modern versions of it to give ya an idea or two. Both prints are still available from Cranston. ;)

 

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 01:20 AM

Thanks for posting



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Posted 30 May 2015 - 08:21 AM

Another interesting story from Barkmann is his midnight ride through American lines and columns. His gunner had to remind him to cover his RK because it was gleaming in the moonlight and snow, and often they were passing within feet of US tanks and trucks as they passed each other on the road. It is in one of the Panzer Aces books from Stackpole.


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 09:00 AM

Another interesting story from Barkmann is his midnight ride through American lines and columns. His gunner had to remind him to cover his RK because it was gleaming in the moonlight and snow, and often they were passing within feet of US tanks and trucks as they passed each other on the road. It is in one of the Panzer Aces books from Stackpole.

 

Of course, I am not sure how you would make a dio out of this since the whole idea was you could not tell the difference between a Panther and a whole passel of Shermans and other US vehicles! Although, you might Photoshop a black and white picture with a gleaming RK!


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:44 AM

Barkman Corner dio in progress expect it in a week or two.



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Posted 31 May 2015 - 02:52 PM

Barkman Corner dio in progress expect it in a week or two.

Looking forward to that

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:11 PM

Really looking forward to that as well


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 06:24 PM

Barkman Corner dio in progress expect it in a week or two.


Which Panther are you using? I assume the Honour Bound one.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 06:28 PM

Which Panther are you using? I assume the Honour Bound one.

 

 

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