All posts by Lucy McCalister

THE BATTLE OF KURSK – PART II

Jul 17, 2017No Comments

Prior knowledge of the German attack enabled the Soviets to bring Operation Citadel to a halt.  Part 2 tells the story of the Soviet counterattack during the Battle of Kursk.

CHANGES TO THE TIGER AFTER 131

Jun 09, 2017No Comments

Every type of tank goes through many changes occurring over their time of service. The Tiger I is no exception. Despite only 1346 being built there was a constant series of changes made during the two years the Tiger I was

Ken Tout British Veteran

SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS: BRITISH PART THR...

May 18, 2017No Comments

The Tiger Collection features the memories of a number of veterans who fought in and against the Tiger. This short series takes a more detailed look at their experiences. This third post focuses on two British soldiers, Ernest Slarks and Ken

GAS TURBINE JAGDTIGER

GAS TURBINE JAGDTIGER

May 12, 20174 Comments

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

Zimmerit King Tiger

ZIMMERIT AND WHY

May 05, 20172 Comments

In the Tiger Collection you may notice that the exterior of the Jagdtiger and Production Tiger II have an unusual texture. This is Zimmerit – a protective layer to decrease the magnetic properties of the tank’s armour.

Repainted Tiger II Jagdtiger

THE TIGERS REPAINTED

Apr 27, 20177 Comments

For the new Tiger Collection, 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.  Both tanks are now painted in RAL 7028, known as Dunkelgelb.

CAPTURING THE TIGER II

Apr 17, 2017No Comments

The Tiger II with Production turret on display in the Tiger Collection was built in July 1944 by Henschel and given Fahrgestell Nummer (chassis number) 280093. 

Elefant overhaul

TANK OVERHAUL: THE ELEFANT – PART 1

Mar 02, 20171 Comment

In 2008 the US Army Ordnance Museum gave the Elefant a cosmetic restoration, filmed as part of the Canadian documentary series Tank Overhaul. This is the first part of the 50 minute programme.  Click here to watch Part 2.

First Tiger I knocked out

FIRST TIGER I KNOCKED OUT BY THE BRITISH

Feb 28, 20171 Comment

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.

King Tiger at Le Plessis Grimoult

KNOCKING OUT A KING TIGER

Feb 28, 20171 Comment

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.