Just returned from a tour with the son of one of the men involved in the tank battle at St Aignan de Cramesnil, south of Caen, in which Michael Wittman was killed. While not in the tank which fired the shot which destroyed Wittman’s tank, our man’s tank was destroyed, and his tank commandeer killed, so crews were redistributed so that our man shared a tank for the rest of the war with Bob Ekins, who fired three shots on 8 August 1916, one of which killed Wittman. Ekins was made a radio operator after the battle and never fired a shot in anger again. The irony of war.

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