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Further Development of the 13th (Heavy) Company

Following the Autumn campaign the 13th Company was strengthened significantly, with a number of new vehicles being added. The structure of the formation was also revised, which saw the Fourth (Light) platoon of five Panzer III being replaced with five new Tiger Is, and the creation of a new fifth platoon. Completing the new additions were three further Tigers which were added to the existing three platoons, each of which had previously consisted of four vehicles. Before this unit refurbishment the 13th Company had consisted of seventeen Tigers and five Panzer IIIs; as the end of 1943 approached, its armoured strength had increased by almost fifty percent and now consisted of twenty seven-vehicles, all of which were Tiger Is.

In line with the strengthening and reformation of the unit, new turret designations were also applied. Each vehicle had a two figure number - the first indicating the platoon and the second the unique vehicle number, preceded by an 'S' symbolising, Schwere, or Heavy. The exceptions to this rule were the turret numbers S05 and S04 were assigned to the Company Commander and HQ Squad Leader respectively.

The 13th (Heavy) Company, 1. SS Pz. Rgt. LSSAH as at 02.11.1943

These early production Tigers had initially been painted in the standard factory tan colour, but white paint was later used to provide suitable camouflage for the winter months. Michael Wittmann had initially been assigned to the lead tank of the second platoon (S21), but by the time of his being awarded the Ritterkreuz in January 1944 he had assumed command of the HQ Squad Leader's vehicle, S04. This vehicle is probably the most well-known of all Wittmann's Tigers, probably on account of the number of photographs that were taken of it and the crew following Wittmann's receipt of his award.

Company Commander

S05
SS-Hauptsturmführer Heinz Kling

Company HQ Squad Leader

S04
SS-Oberscharführer Krohn

Ist Platoon

S11
SS-Untersturmführer Helmut Wendorff
S12
SS-Unterscharführer Hans Höld
S13
SS-Unterscharführer Hans Rosenberger
S14
SS-Oberscharführer Otto Augst
S15
SS-Unterscharführer Kurt Hühnerbein

IInd Platoon

S21
SS-Untersturmführer Michael Wittmann
S22
SS-Unterscharführer Ewald Mölly
S23
SS-Hauptscharführer Hans Höflinger
S24
SS-Oberscharführer Jürgen Brandt
S25
SS-Unterscharführer Kurt Kleber

IIIrd Platoon

S31
SS-Untersturmführer Eduard Kalinowsky
S32
SS-Oberscharführer Eduard Stadler
S33
SS-Oberscharführer Georg Lötzsch
S34
SS-Unterscharführer Günther Kunze
S35
SS-Unterscharführer Willi Sadzio

IVth Platoon

S41
SS-Untersturmführer Walther Hahn
S42
SS-Unterscharführer Kurt Sowa
S43
SS-Unterscharführer Schwerin
S44
SS-Hauptscharführer Erich Langner
S45
SS-Unterscharführer Herbert Stief

Vth Platoon

S51
SS-Untersturmführer Fritz Hartel
S52
SS-Unterscharführer Otto Bard
S53
SS-Scharführer Behrens
S54
SS-Unterscharführer Heinz Werner
S55
SS-Unterscharführer Cap

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