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Tigers in Normandy (Hardback)

D-Day & Normandy Tanks

By Wolfgang Schneider
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9781848848023
Published: 2nd May 2012



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The Tiger I design gave the Wehrmacht its first tank mounting the 88mm gun, which had previously demonstrated its effectiveness against both air and ground targets. During the course of the war, the Tiger I saw combat on all German battlefronts. It was usually deployed in independent tank battalions, which proved to be quite formidable.

For the first time in English, Wolfgang Schneider, an expert on German armour, presents a complete combat chronicle of the German Tiger Tank, including new details on how the Tiger performed against Allied armour, particularly the Sherman, and famous tank ace Michael Wittmann, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross holder, credited with the destruction of 138 tanks and 132 anti-tank guns, along with an unknown number of other armoured vehicles. Maps, orders of battle, period photos, and then-and-now shots make this the go-to book on the subject.

Interesting for those of us who are not so familiar with what happened on the German side in the summer months of 1944. Highly recommended.


This is a magnificent study of the impact of Tiger tanks during the Normandy campaign. Predominantly employed in the counter-attack role, Schneider concludes that, although no more than 134 saw service in the battles around Caen, wherever they went they tended to bring a measure of stability to the German front, as time after time the British assaults struggled to overcome difficult country, determined resistance, and this most feared of tanks against which few of their weapons had much effect. Using maps, a wealth of archive photographs, photographs of the battlefields as they appear today, and a great many veterans accounts, Tigers in Normandy is an extremely thorough analysis of all the major actions to which they were committed.

Pegasus Archive

This book is definitely the standard reference volume on the activities of Tigers in this campaign. As well as having an excellent text it also offers orders of battle, tank inventories, maps, period and contemporary photos. In terms of excellence this work cannot be bettered and the author’s work has been exceptional.

Dr Stuart Blank, Military Archive research

I have found this a fascinating book to read, and one which the author has clearly researched well. Though written largely from the German point of view and what it was like for the crews to live through the fighting, it is balanced with allied accounts of the various operations, such as Goodwood and Bluecoat just to name a couple as well as in the fighting for Hill 112. The modeller will get lots of information for a model and the historian gets a good picture of what the Tiger achieved in combat in Normandy.
A very readable book and a well balanced account as well in my view.

Military Modelling Magazine

The 320-page book is copiously illustrated with maps, period and 'then-and-now' photos (some 300 in all). The Choice of archival images is superb, with very many new and rare images of both the Tiger I and Tiger II.
At £25 it is very reasonably priced. As it is, it is highly recommended.

Military Modelcraft International

The German Tiger tank never ceases to fascinate historians and this new, 320-page book takes a look at the use of the Tiger in Normandy. Rather than concentrating on the mechanics of the vehicle itself, author and tank expert Wolfgang Schneider, who is also Colonel in the modern German Army, details the orders of battle, provides tank inventories, maps of battles and a series of then-and-now images of the terrain in which the Tigers fought, which combines to offer an in-depth and well illustrated appreciation of the Tiger in combat during the Normandy campaign.

Military Machines International

A really fascinating and very worthy book I will happily return to again and again.

War History Online

About Wolfgang Schneider

Wolfgang Schneider has written widely on the development and history of armored vehicles. A tank officer in the German Army, he is an expert in German armour and has written a number of books on the various tanks used by the German Army in recent times.

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