I started up this website way back in 1998 when it was a small and rather obscure area of a personal website, a five-page section dedicated to Michael Wittmann’s exploits at Villers-Bocage. Constructive comments and additional material would lead me to launch the site as a separate entity in late 2000, and since then it has grown at a rapid rate.
Over the years panzerace.net has been gradually transformed from a pet project into an historical resource that has received praise from the highest quarters. This rapid growth could only have been achieved through the help I have received from a number of people, many of whom have selflessly contributed their time in providing me with useful information and advice.
Among those I would like to thank include my girlfriend Caroline for going through the site and picking out the typos, Herr Peter Podlewski for providing me with the German translations for the previous version of the site, Mike Hicks of the (sadly no longer active) panzermuseum.com for allowing me to make use of a number of Wittmann-related documents, Pat Bunch for an highly informative piece on the Battle of Prokhorovka, Wolfgang and Heinz Werner Steiner for helping me unravel Michael Wittmann’s 1940s handwriting, Ken Tout for his insight and memories as one of Michael Wittmann’s adversaries in Normandy, and both Neill Thomson and Brian Reid for sharing a number of excellent insights and documents relating to Wittmann’s death.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all of the site’s readers and the visitors and contributors to the Facebook pages, without whom this site and growing community of Panzer enthusiasts would not be where it is today.
All of the archive black and white images on the site are courtesy of the Bundesarchiv (available on Wikimedia commons), or shared by individual researchers as part of a digital collection I have built up over a number of years. Some modern images of locations have been constructed from Google Earth still footage, while all other colour photographs including those of the model Tigers and divisional beer glasses are my own.