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Tiger 131 Driver's hatch

THE DRIVER’S HATCH OF TIGER 131

Sep 22, 20172 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.

Tiger Combat Debut

TIGER COMBAT DEBUT

Aug 31, 20172 Comments

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 construction

TIGER CONSTRUCTION

Aug 21, 2017No Comments

Tank construction has always been a labour intensive, expensive process. The need to manufacture far larger numbers during the Second World War saw the warring powers adapt existing factories for the job.

GERMAN TANKS AT KURSK

Jul 18, 20171 Comment

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.

THE BATTLE OF KURSK – PART I

Jul 17, 2017No Comments

The Battle of Kursk was a massive operation, involving hundreds of thousands of men over hundreds of square miles and several weeks. 

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.

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

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

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