Part II. After disassembly, restoring and reassembling the hull and suspension was the next step….
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. …
Tiger 131 Restoration: Part I Disassembly
Tiger 131’s restoration was a long and expensive project, but one that would make the vehicle the most infamous tank in the world….
Prokhorovka and the Myth of the Largest Tank Battle
For decades the Battle of Kursk has been widely believed to be the largest tank battle in history….
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. …
First Tiger I Knocked Out by the British
While Tiger 131 was the first intact Tiger I to be taken back to Britain, it was not the first to be knocked out. This occurred several months earlier, by the 17th/21st Lancers….
Knocking Out A King Tiger
David Fletcher looks into the story of one of the first Tiger II (King Tiger) being knocked out in Le Plessis Grimoult, using only luck and a two inch mortar. …
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Comet
Close to the Aller River, a small action took place between a lone Tiger and Comet tanks….