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Panzer VI Königstiger King Tiger (Tiger II) tank

Panzer VI Königstiger King Tiger (Tiger II) tank

The only photograph taken of Michael Wittmann’s destroyed late production model Tiger I no. 007 still in the fields near Gaumesnil, taken by the French civilian Mr Serge Varin in 1945 when he was cycling down the Caen-Falaise road (route nationale 158)

The only photograph taken of Michael Wittmann’s destroyed late production model Tiger I no. 007 still in the fields near Gaumesnil, taken by the French civilian Mr Serge Varin in 1945 when he was cycling down the Caen-Falaise road (route nationale 158)

King Tiger ‘300’ of the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 509 during the attempt to relieve Budapest, January-February 1945. From 18 January 1945 to 8 February 1945, the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 509 destroyed 203 Soviet tanks, 145 Soviet guns and 5 Soviet aircraft with the total loss of 10 King Tiger Tanks and was mentioned in the Wehrmacht Daily Report.

King Tiger ‘300’ of the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 509 during the attempt to relieve Budapest, January-February 1945. From 18 January 1945 to 8 February 1945, the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 509 destroyed 203 Soviet tanks, 145 Soviet guns and 5 Soviet aircraft with the total loss of 10 King Tiger Tanks and was mentioned in the Wehrmacht Daily Report.

A schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502 Tiger Tank fires its main gun into enemy position to provide suppressive counter fire in Army Group North’s area of operation, early 1944. At this time, the Soviets broke the 900-day siege of Leningrad, and the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502 was sent from Nevel to the Leningrad sector where it helped cover the withdrawal of Army Group North to the Panther Line.

A schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502 Tiger Tank fires its main gun into enemy position to provide suppressive counter fire in Army Group North’s area of operation, early 1944. At this time, the Soviets broke the 900-day siege of Leningrad, and the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502 was sent from Nevel to the Leningrad sector where it helped cover the withdrawal of Army Group North to the Panther Line.

German Army Tiger I heavy tank on a road in Italy, 1944.

German Army Tiger I heavy tank on a road in Italy, 1944.

A German Tiger

A German Tiger

1943 Destroyed German Panzer 4 tanks at Lanuvio, Italy

1943 Destroyed German Panzer 4 tanks at Lanuvio, Italy

German boys in SA Uniforms (1943)

German boys in SA Uniforms (1943)

German Tiger tanks & crew, France 1943.

German Tiger tanks & crew, France 1943.

This King Tiger was at least 8 times hit by a M36 Jackson 90mm gun- none of them deadly. However, one of the shots was a lucky one and disabled the main gun's muzzle break. So the German tank crew could not fire back and had to abandon their more superior tank.

This King Tiger was at least 8 times hit by a M36 Jackson 90mm gun- none of them deadly. However, one of the shots was a lucky one and disabled the main gun's muzzle break. So the German tank crew could not fire back and had to abandon their more superior tank.