|The Tiger "121" from the Schwere Panzerabteilung 501 in Tunis (Colorized Picture)|
The Tiger was the most famous of all German Tanks. Specifications for what was to become the Tiger were issued as early as 1937, but this "breakthrough tank" project was cancelled after some test models were build by Henschel. In 1941 the design was dusted off when a new requirement for a heavy tank mounting an 88mm (3.5in) gun was issued. This requirement was changed at least twice before prototypes were ordered from both Henschel and Porsche wich were demonstrated before Hitler on his birthday on 20 April 1942. Both designs were quite similar and both were given production orders, as the Panzer VI Tiger and Tiger (P) (for Porsche). The Henschel model was superior, easier to produce and was not beset with the technical problems that dogged the Porsche tank. It was chosen for large-scale production and rushed into service in August 1942 to participate in the attack on Leningrad where it was used in unsuitable terrain and soon picked out for special attention by the anti-tank gunners.
|Tamiya 1/35 scale model of the same Tiger|
|PzKpfw VI Tiger Ausf E in Tunisia|
|This Pzkpfz VI E TIGER with transport tracks (more narrow) of the SCHWERE PANZERABTEILUNG 501 circulates on the streets of Tunes. The peopple joined to see the last German reinforcements. This Panzer is very curious, it is one of the first lots and needs blocking mechanism in the cannon's mouth.|
|A Tiger and is crew near a Camel (Colorized Picture)|
|Armament:||1 x 88mm KwK 36 L/56; 2 x 7.92mm MG|
|Weight in action:||56.9 tons|
|Track width:||52 or 72.5cm (narrow one for rail transport)|
|Maximum road speed:||38km/h|
|Engine type:||Ausf H Maybach HL210 P 45 V-12 petrol; Ausf E Maybach HL230 P 45 V-12 petrol|
|Engine power:||Ausf H 650 bhp at 3,000 rpm; Ausf E 700 bhp at 3,000 rpm|
|Engine capacity:||Ausf H 21,353 cc; Ausf E 23,880 cc|
|Fuel capacity:||534 liters|
|Armor thickness:||turret 82-100mm, Ausf E 82-110mm; hull 63-102mm|
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|1 - KWK 36 L/56 88mm gun||2 - 7,92mm MG34 Machine gun||3 - 7,92mm MG34 machine gun|
|4 - Ammo for the 2-7,92mm MG34||5 - Hatchway||6 - Commander's seat|
|7 - Commander's Protection||8 - Handling crank for the gunner||9 - Auxiliary handling crank for the gunner|
|10 - Gunner's seat||11 - Aim binocular telescope||12 - Maybach engine|
|13 - Radio||14 - 88 Ammo shelfs||15 - Waterworks system control|
|16 - Waterworks system||17 - Disk breakers||18 - Direction control|
|19 - Direction mechanism||20 - Driver's seat||21 - Hand break|
|22 - Accelerator pedal||23 - Break pedal||24|
|25 - Commander's cupola||26 - Ammo for the 2-7,92mm MG34|
|One of the two "Tigers" (probably the same) from the movie "Saving Private Ryan". They are converted Soviet era tanks made to resemble Tiger tanks. Great work, but the tracks don't reassemble the real ones.|
The Tiger I Tank (PzKpfw VI Tiger) 131 at Bovington Camp (GB) Tankfest 2008 - the only one moving Tiger I in the world, constructed 1941 by Henschel, produced since 1942.
This Tiger was at the service of the SCHWERE PANZERABTEILUNG 504 was captured on a hill called Djebel Djaffa in Tunisia. A round from a Churchil tank of the British 48th Royal Tank Regiment hit the Tiger's gun barrel and ricocheted into its turret ring jamming its traverse and wounding the commander. The crew bailed out. Now it bellongs to the Bovington Tank Museum - England
Tiger Tank 131 at Bovington Tank museum,includes how to start the engine,how to steer and detailed photographs.
Tiger 131 was last running in June 2009 for Tankfest. The engine is currently out and undergoing inspection after 3 years in the tank.