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Tiger 131 Driver's hatch

THE DRIVER’S HATCH OF TIGER 131

Sep 22, 2017No Comments

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.

Main_British troops pouring over a recently captured Tiger 131. A Churchill tank is seen in the background.

NEW CHAPTER IN STORY OF TIGER 131: PART 1/6

Sep 08, 2017No Comments

New research has added another chapter to the story of The Tank Museum’s most famous exhibit, Tiger 131.

Dale Oscroft, photographed on his visit to The Tank Museum in 2012. He was struck by the similarity of the story and what his father had told him.

NEW CHAPTER IN STORY OF TIGER 131: 2/6 R...

Sep 08, 2017No Comments

As a boy, Dale Oscroft would encourage his father John to talk about his wartime experiences in the Sherwood Foresters.

Tiger 131 1943 Lidderdale

NEW CHAPTER IN STORY OF TIGER 131: 3/6 R...

Sep 08, 2017No Comments

The earliest documentary evidence from The Tank Museum Archive on the subject of Tiger 131 tells us that the tank was recovered from the battlefield by Major Douglas Lidderdale of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on 7 May 1943.

Main- A Churchill Tank and an Infantry Carrier in Tunisia.

NEW CHAPTER IN STORY OF TIGER 131: 4/6 R...

Sep 08, 2017No Comments

Three days after the attack on Djebbel Djaffa, B Squadron of 48 RTR was detached from 21 Tank Brigade and sent to Guhriatt El Atach, where they would support an infantry attack on Point 174.

Main- Tiger 131, apparently showing knocked out tanks in the background

NEW CHAPTER IN STORY OF TIGER 131: 5/6 -WHA...

Sep 08, 2017No Comments

Evidence suggests that there were four key strikes to Tiger 131 before it was captured, although the order they landed can never be known.

Main- Tiger 131 - from The Daily Sketch, 11 May 1943.

NEW CHAPTER IN STORY OF TIGER 131: 6/6 -WHA...

Sep 08, 20171 Comment

We now believe that Tiger 131 was abandoned during fighting on Point 174 on 24 April 1943, when German tanks counter attacked the 2nd Sherwood Foresters.

Tiger Combat Debut

TIGER COMBAT DEBUT

Aug 31, 20171 Comment

The Tiger combat debut took place in August 1942 on the Eastern Front. It was not a success, with three of the four breaking down.

Tiger tank track pin added

TIGER 131 RESTORATION: PART II HULL & ...

Aug 31, 2017No Comments

Part II of the story of the restoration of Tiger 131 to running order. After disassembly, restoring and reassembling the hull and suspension was the next step. 

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T1E1 HEAVY TANK – AN ALLIED TIGER I?

Aug 21, 20172 Comments

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.