schwere SS-PanzerAbteilung 501 in the Battle of the Bulge

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Greg Walden



Schwere SS-PanzerAbteilung 501 (Heavy SS Tank Battalion 501) was the independent heavy tank battalion of the 1. SS-Panzerkorps from the fall of 1944 to the end of World War II.  It fought its battles with one of the most powerful armored vehicles of the era: the Panzerkampfwagen (armored fighting vehicle, abbreviated PzKw) VI Tiger B.  The tank was also officially called the Tiger II, and often unofficially referred to as the Königstiger, or "King Tiger."  The Tiger II was produced in relatively small numbers, but it made a significant impact wherever it appeared on the battlefield.  This is the story of the most famous Tiger unit in the Battle of the Bulge, or as the Germans called it, the Ardennes Offensive.


Tiger II number 332 of s. SS-Pz.Abt. 501 crosses the border into Belgium at the beginning of the offensive (courtesy of the artist, Jody Harmon)

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21 Feb 2013

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