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Old February 10th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #1

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Top Tank Commanders: the War List


The War List: Great Tank Commanders
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Led most lethal tank attack
Top tank commander in modern history
World War II's top tank strategist
Top tank ace in history
Invented modern armored combined-arms doctrine
Father of armored blitzkrieg
Superb field commander of armored forces
Top U.S. tank commander in the war
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Creighton Abrams

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Nice to see that Creighton Abrams is getting some recognition, albeit even if only for the US. Very interesting list. Even a couple of names i've never heard of.
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Nice to see that Creighton Abrams is getting some recognition, albeit even if only for the US. Very interesting list. Even a couple of names i've never heard of.
I agree. We so often hear a name associated with a piece of weaponry, but never
pause to think that the name used to be someone of importance.
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I think that might have something to do with his role as the US commander in the highly confused Vietnam war. What a pity that it appears that some civilians have a tendency to knock down the giants while elevating the inconsequential.
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Ye, i would say i agree with most of this. Wittmans attack at Villers deffintaly ranks as deadly.

Find it rather funny they have to add a top US Tank commander category.
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Ye, i would say i agree with most of this. Wittmans attack at Villers deffintaly ranks as deadly.

Find it rather funny they have to add a top US Tank commander category.
noticed that was well, i was surprised they even made mention of any soviet commanders

Zhukov definitely deserves his place on that list yet i know for certain that there are many other soviet commanders who are right now spitting in there graves as seeing these words
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He went on to integrate armor into the Red Army and win the war's greatest land campaigns, including Moscow (1941), Stalingrad (1942), Kursk (1943), lifting the siege of Leningrad (1944), Operation Bagration (1944), and taking Berlin (1945)
he was mostly in top command in these operations and definitely deserves credit yet hardly all and there are a few operations there that deserve far more credit to other commanders

little surprise that Wittmann has earned a place as he is nothing less then a legend in the allied nations today yet i disagree with these words
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He was finally cornered and killed in his Tiger I tank by five British or Canadian Shermans on August 8, 1944
he was hardly cornered and was killed while leading an attack on a hill top, a warriors death.
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Knispel, such a deadly weapon.
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Knispel, such a deadly weapon.
Agreed - 168 confirmed kills is quite mad... was quite young too.
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noticed that was well, i was surprised they even made mention of any soviet commanders

Zhukov definitely deserves his place on that list yet i know for certain that there are many other soviet commanders who are right now spitting in there graves as seeing these words

he was mostly in top command in these operations and definitely deserves credit yet hardly all and there are a few operations there that deserve far more credit to other commanders

little surprise that Wittmann has earned a place as he is nothing less then a legend in the allied nations today yet i disagree with these words

he was hardly cornered and was killed while leading an attack on a hill top, a warriors death.
Wittman and his crews remains were discovered a few years ago (surprising how they were not recovered during the war), and they received a military burial (dont know where).

The modern day experts have now come to the opinion that his Tiger was taken out by Typhoon aircraft. This is based on Photos of the damaged tank.

There are other German tank aces deserving more credit than Wittman, eg Knispel and Barkmann.
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Wittman and his crews remains were discovered a few years ago (surprising how they were not recovered during the war), and they received a military burial (dont know where).

The modern day experts have now come to the opinion that his Tiger was taken out by Typhoon aircraft. This is based on Photos of the damaged tank.

There are other German tank aces deserving more credit than Wittman, eg Knispel and Barkmann.
i saw a documentary that says otherwise, the Typhoon is discounted because it first of all must have been a very lucky shot as they were inaccurate and if it did hit it the damage would have been far worse as we can see from an after action photo of the tank that damage should have been far worse of it was a Typhoon. the canadian shermans were the most likely ones as they were only a fre hundred meters away from him, the british firefly was almost a full km away and was unlikely to get off an accurate shot from there.
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