....About that TIIF discussion is that several times it is said that the whitewashed 217 picture was taken during 43/44 winter AND that it was Otto Carius tank.
We know Carius had 213 until it had to be abandoned and then destroyed after the famous "cupola shot" on April 20 '44. Then much probably he received a Mid Tiger numbered 217 and kept it until he was badly wounded on July 24 and his career as a Tiger commander ended.
So the whitewashed 217 picture must be taken during autumn/winter 44, when it was Carius Tiger no more.
Am I missing something?