Second World War

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

T1E1 HEAVY TANK – AN ALLIED TIGER I?

Aug 21, 20173 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.

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.

THE MYSTERY OF THE TIGER RECOVERY VEHICLE

Aug 18, 20171 Comment

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. 

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