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WIN A RIDE IN TIGER 131! (August 8, 2018 3:19 pm)
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WHY TIGER 131? (April 16, 2018 3:59 pm)

Tiger II

why Tiger 131 header

WHY TIGER 131?

Apr 16, 20181 Comment

Today Tiger 131 is probably the most famous tank in the world.  Of the six surviving Tiger I’s, it is the only one numbered 131. 

Our Henschel resized

SAME SIZE DIFFERENT ROUND

Feb 09, 20182 Comments

The Tiger I was armed with an 88mm gun. The Tiger II was also armed with an 88mm gun. However, if you tried to fire a round for one through the other, it wouldn’t fit. Why should this be? 

King Tiger Wheels

TIGER WHEELS

Nov 30, 20171 Comment

One of the most distinctive features of the Tiger family is the interleaved and overlapping road wheels.

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. 

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.

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. 

Henschel King Tiger

PORSCHE AND HENSCHEL TURRETS?

Mar 24, 20177 Comments

Both turrets used on the Tiger II were designed and built by the Krupp company.  So why are they so often called the ‘Porsche’ and ‘Henschel’ turrets?

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.