Aspects of the event
The hill, known to the British as "Point 174", was held by German forces at the outset of this event. The 1st British Infantry Division attacked it on the 23rd April and again on the 24th, when the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters took the hilltop in the afternoon. But the Germans had Tigers and other tanks in hull-down positions on the far side of the hill. They spent the rest of the day firing at the British but did not move up to assault the summit.
A number of Churchill tanks arrived and traded fire with the Germans at medium range. Two Churchills and some German tanks were knocked out. The remaining panzers withdrew when darkness fell, but they left behind Tiger 131 which was damaged and abandoned by its crew. It was sitting two hundred meters from the British positions and therefore a recovery would have been dangerous.
It has been stated that Tiger 131 was captured on Djebel Jaffa on the 21st April, but photographs and original documents do not support that version of events.
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