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How long was Michael Wittmann awake before his attack at Villars Bocage?

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Yeah-I'm reading ...


I am not trying to take away what he did. I don't know if he even took it that day (unless someone comes up with some kind of documents on what was supplied to units. And even then..)

Not looking to get in a forum fight or a locked thread.  Was thinking since this battle is so well documented if there is any indication how much rest he had beforehand. Have some pretty knowledgeable people here. Just looking for a timeline. FWIW

People can then form their own private opinions.

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His unit had only just arrived in Normandy. They'd had a long march (from ... Holland?), including a road march up from Paris, but they weren't under a great deal of pressure yet. In fact his unit had only just arrived in time for The Great Turkey Shoot. I think the arrived the night before, or maybe overnight? My guess is that he and his unit were fairly well rested before Villers Bocage.

Op Totalise, on the otherhand ... I wouldn't be at all surprised if he and his unit were exhausted and drugged to the eyeballs for that one. If nothing else it would explain the tactically absurd choices he made that morning.

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