During the evening of 26 February 1945, a Tiger I Nr. 201 was moving down Köln-Aachener Strasse in Elsdorf to engage tanks of the 3rd Armored Division approaching from the opposite direction. M4 Shermans and T26 Pershings were positioned behind a barrier constructed of large logs. A round from either a Panzerfaust or artillery gun set a Sherman ablaze and the fire silhouetted the turret of a T26 Pershing named “Fireball” partially hidden behind the barrier.
The Tiger fired three shots in quick succession from a distance of about 100 meters. One round penetrated the mantlet killing two of the Pershing’s crew. The second round hit the Pershing’s gun muzzle causing the 90mm round chambered in the gun to explode. The third round glanced off the top of the Pershing ripping off the hatch.
Not sure the Pershing was disabled, the Tiger reversed to get out the Pershing’s line of fire but became snagged on a pile of debris in front of house no. 74. Now a sitting duck, the Tiger’s- commander ordered the crew to abandon the tank which was later recovered by U.S. troops.
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