A model of the German Tiger 1 tank, tactical number 222, commanded by SS-Oberstrumführer Michael Wittmann of the 1st SS Panzerkorps, has been donated to the Armourgeddon museum by the family of the model builder, the late Brain Watt.
Staged in a set created by Gary Bustard, the 1:16 exact replica tank is depicted as a metal tank from the Forces of Valor extreme metal series. The model is a limited edition, number 778 of 2,000 and began to be built in the year 2000. The die-cast vehicle depicts Michael Wittmann’s assault on Villers-Bocage, which took place on June 13, 1944. Wittmann (1914-1944), born in the Bavarian village of Vogelthal, won the coveted Knight’s Cross with Oak leaves and Swords. He was considered one of the greatest if not the greatest exponents of the art of armoured warfare in the modern era. Wittmann made a name for himself across the battles of the Eastern front and in the west, known for his exceptional skill and bravery. A highly respected commander, from both friend and foe, his actions, decisions and tactics during the Normandy campaign, particularly during the Battle for Villers-Bocage, made the young panzer a legend. Armourgeddon is open from April to October, Wednesdays to Sundays, 9am to 4pm.