Oh dear lord.
The German tanks could stand back and just pickoff the Cromwell tanks at long range
The Normandy terrain came as something as a shock to the desert veterans. Out in North Africa, if the enemy got within 500 m of you that was far too near. With the French 7 foot field hedges you could not tell if there was a German gun or tank on the other side
Did he not proof-read this before he posted it?
The shells from the 88 mm gun on the Tiger tank just tore through the armour of the Cromwell tank like a hot knife through butter
True... but then the Tiger was a (fairly rare) heavy tank, the Cromwell was a medium tank. Why the [heavily censored] can't people understand that and stop comparing apples to figs?
Take the British 'heavy' in Normandy - the Churchill VII - and the Tiger can't penetrate it at all (frontally)
Take the German medium (still the Pz IV) and the Cromwell is equal. Or, as you say, StuGs.
Take the Panther, and the Cromwell is inferior... but then the Panther was a heavy in all but classification.
So what were the numbers of Tigers and Panthers in Normandy compared to Mark Vi's and others (Stugs etc)
Don't know how true this is, but picked it out of a forum thanks to Google:
Tiger II 12. Tiger I 126. Panther 655. Panzer IV 897. Panzer III 30. Stug III 453. Brummbar <28
What were the number of 88 AT gun's compared to others like the 75?
Without proper research I couldn't say for sure, but 50mm guns and 75mm guns would both have been more common than the 88.
Mind you, at typical Normandy ranges both of those could fairly reliably kill the Cromwell (much as the Allied AT guns could reliably kill German tanks...)
Basically, what were the chances of a tank crew encountering an 88 AT or Tiger/Panther compared to anything else?
Slim, except for the Panther. But as above, almost any encounter at Normandy ranges was basically decided by who got an accurate shot in first. As the Germans were on the defensive, that favoured them.
What was the true performance of this gun with it's appropriate AT ammo types?
Gun stats can be found here in handy pictoral formhttp://www.wwiiequipment.com/pencalc/
Actual penetration tables for the 75mm QF are hard to find. It had the same ammo as the US 75mm (as n the Sherman) but a longer barrel, so should therefore have a slightly higher muzzle velocity and a slightly better performance.