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SS Oberscharfuhrer Werner Wendt


The signature of SS Oberscharfuhrer Werner Wendt

Werner Wendt was born in Naugard / Pommern, today in Poland, in 1921. He joined the ,military at the outbreak of war in September 1939, and served first with an SS Artillery Regiment during the Battle of France3. In August 1940 he joined the SS Artillery Regiment Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler and fought in the Yugoslavian and Greek campaigns. Becoming a Tiger tank commander, he took part in the invasion of Russia, and in 1943 fought in a Tiger at the Battle of Kursk during Operation Citadel. Later in 1943 he fought in Italy, and then in 1944 at the Battle of Normandy, followed in December of that year by the Battle of the Bulge. Werner Wendt was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class.



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The Germans launched their attack on the Kursk salient on 5th July 1943, and for both sides this was maximum effort. The Soviets, however, informed by intelligence of the impending German attack, had ample time to prepare huge defensive works with hu......
Kursk - Clash of Steel by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
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The Germans launched their attack on the Kursk salient on 5th July 1943, and for both sides this was maximum effort. The Soviets, however, informed by intelligence of the impending German attack, had ample time to prepare huge defensive works with hu......

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Kursk - Clash of Steel by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
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Kursk - Clash of Steel by Nicolas Trudgian. (C)
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An account of the end of the Battle of the Bulge for Werner Wendt and his Tiger tank :

Scattered elements of s. SS-Pz.Abt. 501 continued to fight. On Christmas morning SS-Oberscharführer Wendt received word that the reconnaissance battalion was withdrawing across the Ambleve. Wendt sent his loader to inform his platoon leader, SS-Oberscharführer Brandt, of the withdrawal. As Brandt climbed down from his tank an American shell, the only one of the morning, fell right in front of him. Brandt was mortally wounded and Wendt's loader was killed. Another crew managed to drive Brandt's Tiger across the Ambleve and link up with the rest of their company. Wendt and his driver prepared to destroy their immobilized tank 133 with demolition charges in the turret and engine compartment. They set the charges and crossed the river on an improvised infantry bridge. As they climbed the opposite slope they continued to watch their tank, but Wendt never saw the charges explode. The explosives may have gone off later, as a U.S. Air Force observer reported in the summer of 1945 seeing a Royal Tiger at the Petit Spai bridge with the rear of the turret and the frontal hull roof smashed in, though he attributed this damage to Allied bombing. SS-Untersturmführer Kalinowsky's 008, which had been left with engine trouble near Knittel's command post at the Ferme Antoine between Stavelot and Trois Ponts, continued to fight on until its crew set it on fire and withdrew with the last elements of the reconnaissance battalion Christmas morning.


Below is a photograph of Tiger 133 of Werner Wendt, off the road near the Petit-Spai bridge. (December 1944 Museum, La Gleize).


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