In some ways seeing Tiger 131, or any tank for that matter, at the Tank Museum is slightly misleading and doesn’t necessarily give a full impression of the impact they had at the time. This is because, for all their
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?
In Part V of the story of Tiger 131’s restoration, the engine blows and the Tiger is repainted after research reveals its original camouflage. Tiger 131 was captured in April 1943. In September 1951 it was passed to the Tank Museum
Tiger Day IX will mark the 75th anniversary of Tiger 131’s capture by British forces in the Second World War, making the arena outing of this unique tank an even more momentous occasion. The Museum’s Tiger 131, a world-famous Second
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
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
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 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
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
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.