Interviews

These interviews were conducted in 2007 as part of the TV Series, Battlefield Mysteries, for History Channel in Canada. We were very lucky to be able to interview the most important men involved in this famous, maybe legendary, and very brief encounter, that took place on August 8, 1944 during Operation Totalize. The exchange lasted 10-15 minutes after which the Allied Regiments moved on, to fight heavier battles. Maybe the fight lasted just a few minutes but the battlefield was littered with the wreckage of 5 German Tiger tanks, including the Tiger 007, the tank of the highest scoring SS Panzer Ace, Michael Wittmann. Wittmann was a legend to the Germans and his loss was devastating to the moral of the men. But the Allies had never heard of him, until 1983, when his remains were recovered from a lost grave in Normandy. With this find Wittmann’s demise could be analyzed. Who killed Michael Wittmann? We had to recreate a 15 minute battle that had taken place 63 years earlier!

Joe Ekins

Joe Ekins of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, was a gunner in a Sherman Firefly. On August 8, 1944, under incredible pressure, he destroyed 3 Tigers. Later his tank was knocked out, and he never fired a gun again. He was not decorated for his incredible performance.

Ken Tout

Ken Tout of the Northampshire Yeomanry was the historian of the unit and an overall expert on the tanks in Normandy, writing several exceptional books on the subject. A great historian. He was there for the fight, and overheard much of the battle on his radio.

Sydney Radley-Walters

Sydney Radley-Walters of the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment, was a highly decorated tank commander with more than dozen tank kills in Normandy. His unit made up the eastern flank of what would be the trap that crushed Wittmann’s Tigers.

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