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German Tiger I Tanks in Sicily

Seventeen Tiger I tanks from German schwere Panzer Abteilung 504 (s.Pz.Abt. 504) fought in Sicily in 1943 against the Allied invasion forces.

When the first elements of s.Pz.Abt. 504 were sent to North Africa, the 2nd Ko. remained on Sicily with 9 Tiger I tanks. With the surrender of German forces in North Africa, the 9 Tigers of s.Pz.Abt. 504 were never shipped, but instead stayed on Sicily. Eight additional Tiger I were shipped to the unit during the summer. By the time of the Allied invasion of Sicily, s.Pz.Abt. 504 was attached to the Panzer Division Hermann Göring with 17 Tigers.

During the attack on the Allied beachhead near Gela, s.Pz.Abt. 504 lost approximately 10 Tigers on July 11-12. Further Tigers were lost in action or abandoned during July and August as German forces retreated. In August, the unit's last Tiger, tactical number 222 from photographs, was ferried across the Straits of Messina to Italy.


• Jentz, Thomas L. Germany's Tiger Tanks Tiger I & II: Combat Tactics. Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglan, PA, 1997.

• Jentz, Tom and Hilary Doyle. Tiger I Heavy Tank 1942-1945. Osprey, London, 1993.

• Restayn, Jean. Tiger I on the Western Front. Histoire & Collections, Paris, 2001.

• Schneider, Wolfgang. Tigers in Combat Volume I & II. J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing, Inc., Winnipeg, Canada, 1998.

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