During the research for a project – a French 2DB Sherman near/at Paris –, I found, at the site ‘Chars-Français.net’, the file of DOUAUMONT, a M4A2 from 3e Cie, 501e RCC, 2e DB, one of the first at Paris.
There you find an episode that gives ideas for a dio – the two tanks close one to orher, the gun barrel of the Panther against the Sherman turret and the german crew emerging from the hatches:
“Paris 25 August 1944
At 1 PM, under the command of Commander La Horie, the 1st Tank Section (Lieutenant Bénard) launched an attack on the Hôtel Meurice, supported in its advance by two infantry sections from Tchad. The Meurice hotel is the HQ of General von Choltitz, commander of the German garrison of “Gross Paris”. The progression begins along the Rue de Rivoli; the infantrymen leap from pillar to pillar and door to door; Lieutenant Bénard smashes down an anti-tank barricade and leads to the Place de la Concorde. There, his lead tank the DOUAUMONT (tank commander, Sergeant Bizien, twenty-one years old) comes face to face with a Panther, engaged in a gun duel with Shermans who pull him from the top of the Avenue des Champs- Elysées. He fires the shell which is in his 75, an explosive, which effect is null on the thick armor of the German; then the gunner, having no more perforators to hand, reloads with an even more ineffective smoke. However the Panther begins to turn its terrible 75 PAK towards the DOUAUMONT, but fortunately its turret, operated by hand, cannot turn quickly: the driver of DOUAUMONT, Campillo, rushes towards the Panther and spurs it; the German 75, given its length, was stopped in its rotation by the wall of the DOUAUMONT turret and could not fire on it. The Boche crew, taking advantage of the artificial cloud caused by the smoke, left their Panzer and rushed through the gate of the Place de la Concorde in the Tuileries garden. ”
[Translation from: DOUAUMONT 501RCC]
Does anyone know where I can find info about that Panther – variant, unit, colour scheme, markings, …
For those that knows Paris, what side will be more probable the Sherman sits related to the Panther?