All posts by Roz

Charlie Burgess Villers-Bocage

VILLERS-BOCAGE VETERAN CHARLIE BURGESS

Aug 10, 2017No Comments

As part of the Museum’s veteran interview programme, former 8th Hussar, Charlie Burgess was recently filmed about his experiences as a tank driver during the Second World War, including action at Villers-Bocage. Charlie joined the Army in November 1940 as

Kursk Header

BACKGROUND TO THE BATTLE OF KURSK

Jul 11, 2017No Comments

The Battle of Kursk was one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War.  Fought between the 5th July and 23rd August 1943, it began with a strong German attack, but ended with the Soviet Union having taken

Tiger II production

THE TIGER FAMILY PART 2 – THE TIGER I...

Jun 12, 20172 Comments

Part 1 of this series looked at the development of the Tiger I and Elefant.  It can be found here, The Tiger Family Part I. In Part 2 we will consider the Tiger II, or King Tiger branch of the family. 

THE TIGER FAMILY PART I – TO THE TIGE...

Jun 05, 2017No Comments

The story of the Tiger family is complicated and convoluted. The German Army’s desire for a heavy tank dates back to before the outbreak of war, and the development process that led to the tanks which eventually took to the

Ernest Slarks Meeting Visitors

SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS: BRITISH PART FOU...

Jun 02, 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. In Part Three British veterans, Ernest Slarks and Ken Tout discussed training

Wide Track

TWO WIDTHS OF TRACK

May 25, 2017No Comments

The Tiger I was 3547mm wide and this posed a problem for its strategic mobility. The most efficient way to move tanks long distances during the 1940’s was by train, but the Tiger, with its operational tracks, was too wide.

Panzer III

PANZER III AND THE TIGER

May 10, 20172 Comments

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. Building on

German Soldiers

SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS: GERMANS PART TWO

Apr 24, 2017No Comments

In Part One of the German veteran recollections, Waldemar Pliska and Wilhelm Fischer described their awe at seeing the new Tiger and what it was like in battle. In Part Two they share what it was like to live in

German Soldiers

SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS: GERMANS PART ONE

Apr 12, 20172 Comments

The Tiger Collection features the memories of a number of veterans who fought in and against the Tiger. This short series of “Second World War Veteran” articles takes a more detailed look at the experiences of both British and German

Tiger Collection Opening

VETERANS MEET FOR EXHIBITION OPENING

Apr 07, 2017No Comments

Two surviving German Tiger Tank veterans met their British counterparts at the opening of the new Tiger Collection exhibition at The Tank Museum. There were emotional scenes as the veterans – all in their nineties – met each other more