A small china doll named Audrey tells an astonishing story of survival in the Museum’s new WW2: War Stories exhibition….
The Sturmtiger’s Firepower
Most members of the Tiger family were armed with an anti-tank gun optimised for armour penetration. …
Why Tiger 131?
Today Tiger 131 is probably the most famous tank in the world. Of the six surviving Tiger I’s, it is the only one numbered 131. …
What the L
The Tiger I and Tiger II tank were armed with an 88mm gun. However, if you tried to fire a round for one through the other, it wouldn’t fit. Why should this be?…
One of the most distinctive features of the Tiger family is the interleaved and overlapping road wheels….
The Driver’s Hatch of Tiger 131
The driver’s hatch on Tiger 131 was replaced in May 1943 by the British after capture. The result of this early repair was that Tiger 131 spent several years with an incorrect part fitted….
T1E1 Heavy Tank
Every effort has been made over the years to identify an Allied tank that was similar to the German Tiger. None have ever really been successful although a few tanks came close, notably the T1E1….
The Mystery of the Tiger Recovery Vehicle
These pictures have invariably been identified as an improvised Tiger recovery vehicle, photographed in Italy in 1944, but is it? Renowned tank historian David Fletcher examines the myth. …
Soviet Tanks at Kursk
The Soviet defenders in the Kursk salient had over 1.3 million men, 3500 tanks and 28,000 pieces of artillery and anti-tank guns plus more in reserve….
German Tanks at Kursk
The attacking German forces at Kursk amassed 777,000 men and around 2500 tanks and assault guns. This was about 70 per cent of all their tanks on the Eastern Front. …
Background to the Battle of Kursk
The Battle of Kursk was one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War….
The Tiger Family Part 2 – The Tiger II
In Part 2 we will consider the Tiger II, or King Tiger branch of the family. Despite the names, the two Tigers shared very little in terms of design or compatible parts, although this was not the original intention….
The Tiger Family Part I – To the Tiger I
The German Army’s desire for a heavy tank dates back to before the outbreak of war….
Two Widths of Track
The Tiger I was 3547mm wide and this posed a problem for its strategic mobility….
Gas Turbine Jagdtiger
Although the gas turbine is a fairly old invention it does not appear to have been considered for tanks until about 1945, when the first prototype – on a Jagdtiger – was developed. Contrary to popular belief the first experimental installation of a gas turbine engine in a tank took place in Austria in 1945….
It might seem odd to find a post about the Panzer III on the Tiger Collection Blog, but in fact during the early days of the Tiger’s service the Germans used the two tanks closely alongside each other….
The Tigers Repainted
The Tank Museum’s Jagdtiger and Tiger II with pre-production turret were repainted to show how they looked when they were captured in 1945….
Capturing the Henschel
The Tiger II with Production turret was built in July 1944 by Henschel and given Fahrgestell Nummer (chassis number) 280093….
Porsche and Henschel Turrets?
Both turrets used on the Tiger II were designed and built by the Krupp company. So why are they so often called the ‘Porsche’ and ‘Henschel’ turrets?…
Capturing The Jagdtiger
The Tank Museum’s Jagdtiger has chassis no. 305004. It was one of eleven (plus an unarmoured prototype) which were fitted with the Porsche suspension system. …