German King Tiger Tank

King Tiger Tank

King Tiger Tank Photo Gallery

This photo gallery attempts to capture the epic and desperate struggles of the Wehrmacht towards the end of the war. The German King Tiger tank was the heaviest tank in active service during World War II and a fore runner of modern Main Battle Tanks. Weighing in at nearly 71 tonnes (69.7tons), it saw action on the Eastern Front in May 1944 and on the Western Front in August 1944. A handful of King Tigers remained at the end of the war to defend Berlin.

King Tiger tank image Photo Gallery

Thumbnail photo Porsche King Tigers enroute to Normandy. Although only fifty were produced, it was the Porsche KingTigers that created a reputation when it wreaked the most havoc during the Ardennes offensive.

Thumbnail photo Another snapshot of an early version fitted with Porsche turret.

Thumbnail photo An excellent snapshot of a Porsche turret. Notice the curved gun mantlet which acted as a shot trap by deflecting incoming shots downwards towards the roof. Also in view is the gunner's sight, a TZF 9b, binocular which was later changed to TZF 9d, monocular. The hole on the right side of the main gun is a co-axially mounted MG34.

schwere Panzer Abteilung 503 A Tiger 2 tank of the schwere Panzer Abteilung 503 (Heavy Tank Battallion) in Budapest, Hungary October 1944.

Captured by American troops From the 2.Kompanie/schwere Panzer Abteilung 506 captured by American troops. 15 December 1944.

Henschel Production Turret Henschel or production turret from schwere Panzer Abteilung 503, Feldherrnhalle in Budapest, 1945. The gunner's sight is a single monocular above the driver. Zimmerit coating is clearly visible.

Captured by Russian troops Tank 502 captured by Russian troops on the eastern front. "Glory to Korobov" is inscribed on the barrel.

Note the long 88mm Tank number 104. The powerful 88mm made the King Tiger particularly suited to open terrain. However, this also made them very vulnerable to allied aircraft.

Thumbnail picture King Tigers of the Schwere Panzer Abteilung 503. This photo shows the battalion at full strength.

Alongside American POWs Panzers tanks from the KampfGruppe Peiper during the Ardennes offensive. In the background are American POWs.

Taking cover from allied planes A Porsche turreted version taking cover from allied planes in Normandy. Allied fighter planes were a major threat to the German Panzers since the Luftwaffe were practically wiped out.

Thumbnail pics Porsche Tiger 2 tanks enroute to Normandy. Many Tigers 1 and 2 were lost during the battle at Normandy, particularly by Allied aircraft.

Thumbnail pics Zimmerit coating was applied at the Henschel factory from August to November 1944. However, this was discontinued in late November due to reports that it caused fires when hit by an armor piercing projectile. This was later found to be false but news never reached the frontlines and many late models were without zimmerit coating.

Thumbnail pics Porsche version tank number 114.

In the Ardennes Many German panzers were lost during the Ardennes offensive due to mechanical breakdowns or abandoned as they had run out of gas rather than destroyed by allied forces.

Ambush Position A Tiger 2 tank leaving its ambush position. Many were used as static defense roles as Germany was constantly on the retreat. This helped conserve fuel and minimized breakdowns on the overtaxed drive trains.

Frontal Shot of the Glacis Plate A frontal photo of the 150mm thick glacis plate of the Tiger 2. There is no evidence that the front armor has ever been penetrated during the war.

Photograph with its crew A photograph with its crew of five. The early tank crew uniform were black in color. The crew uniform was later changed to a green camouflage pattern towards the end of the war.

Applying field camouflage Crews applying field camouflage. A pattern of red brown and dark green over a yellow base was common. Beginning in February 1944, camouflage was done at the factory, and by November 1944, it was altered to a base dark green with red brown and dark yellow pattern.

Porsche Tigers Porsche King Tiger tanks during firing trials.

Henschel Tiger Henschel King Tiger. The armored track guard appears to be removed.

Captured King Tiger Russian soldiers examining the captured King Tiger 502, August 1944.

s.PzAbt. 507 King Tiger of s.PzAbt. 507, taken in March 1945.

Machinengewehr 34 Considered by many to be the world's first modern general purpose machine gun, the Machinengewehr 34 or MG34 was the primary tank and aircraft defensive weapon. Fitted on the King Tiger tanks, it had a rate of fire between 800 to 900 rpm.

Panzerfaust The Panzerfaust was the world's first expendable anti-tank weapon. There were three variants, 30, 60, and 100 indicating the maximum effective range in meters. The oversized warhead fitted to the front could penetrate up to 170 mm of armor.

Panzerschreck Panzerschreck or "tank terror" was copied from the American bazooka, but made considerably more effective to deal with future Russian tanks. It used a rocket tank rifle round and could penetrate over 200mm of armor, capable of dealing with any tank during the war.

See footage of the King Tiger in action in the World War 2 Footage Section.


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