502 (511) in the final days of the war. 506, which reported in September 1944, after fighting in Arnhem, that after just 50 to 100 km of travel, its tanks (a full battalion strength of 45 Tiger IIs) had suffered 12 failures of the final drive housing. One note for the VK45.02(P2) turret was that the gun mounting was actually off-center by 30 mm to the right. Krupp itself produced 444 hulls and 385 turrets by the end of February 1945, which includes the 50 turrets produced for the VK45.02(P). The maintenance facility for s.SS.Pz.Abt. A Tiger II, belonging to either s.Pz.Abt. This standardization work meant that the Tiger Ausf.B was to use the Maybach HL 230 TRM P30. 507 to reoccupy one of these abandoned tanks and fire at American tanks in the Bode valley. As a result, the unit effectively ceased to exist. These were set on fire and the unit once more reported very heavy damage to the attacking Soviet forces, claiming 22 tanks. All the vehicles were fitted with a Bordsprechanlage (intercom system), although the loader was not provided with a head-set. This process was not without problems. This vehicle was abandoned on 29th August west of Magny-en-Vexin. Despite its best efforts, there was no stopping the Soviet advance and the constant combat and withdrawal had depleted the battalion. Incomplete Tiger II hulls and at least one turret lie at the trackside at Henschel’s factory following its capture by Allied forces. s.Pz.Abt. The first contact between this unit and the Soviets was also a disaster. By 18th January, the unit was transferred to Hungary and was attached to the 3rd SS. Production contracts for 100 VK45.02(P2) turrets were placed on 4th February 1942 by Wa. $101.52. The Germans, on the retreat, were forced to blow up their own tanks which became stuck or otherwise immobilized, and by December they were down to 40 tanks. Several other vehicles were improvised by the unit here as it tried to regain combat strength, including the installation of some quadruple flak guns onto some captured Soviet tanks, but it was an effort in vain. One Tiger II, with the Krupp VK45.02(P2) turret, meaning it was one of the first 50 built, was recovered in Gien, South of Paris, in August 1947. For rail transport these tracks were removed, as were the 8 outermost road wheels on each side. As well as the company HQ and platoon commander version of the Tiger II, there was also a command version of the tank as well. A Tiger II survives in Belgium. A production order followed shortly thereafter for 176 vehicles starting with chassis number 280003 (280000 for the program with V1 and V2 using serial numbers 280001 and 280002 respectively, confirmed by a later Tiger II Production table). 503 conducted an attack with 13 Tiger IIs against the town of Zámoly on 11th January losing two tanks to enemy fire in exchange for claiming to destroy 21 Soviet tanks and assault guns and 28 anti-tank guns. The Sprenggranatpatrone 326 Lp High Explosive round was designed to protect the vehicle from enemy infantry at very close ranges. As the Tiger I became less effective due to new Allied designs entering service, the Germans decided a new heavy tank was needed. Here, an unidentified Tiger II undergoes extensive work in the field, lifting off the engine decking. 501 on 17th December 1944, with an aerial attack by US fighter-bombers damaging one Tiger II which later had to be abandoned. King Tiger of the s.Pz.Abt.501, Germany, Berlin, May 1945. 501 and the US 199th Infantry at Oufni. 509 received a full issue of 45 Tiger II tanks between 5th December 1944 and 1st January 1945. This time, it was the US 702nd Tank Battalion (US 2nd Armored) which was responsible. It was reconstructed as a formation from the end of June to the start of August 1944, receiving a full complement of 45 Tiger IIs. Technical Intelligence Summary Report 164 December 1944 was the famous ‘Battle of the Bulge’ and s.Pz.Abt. I enjoyed this article,I found it to be very informative but I’m wondering are there any plans to mention the improvements that were planned for the Tiger II such as the rangerfinder that were curtailed by the end of the war? M113 APC in Irish Service (Congo Crisis, 1960 – 65), Armored Utility Vehicle T13 and Cargo Carrier T33. Source: Jentz and Doyle Despite not deploying any of its Tiger IIs operationally, Panzer-Kompanie (Funklenk) 316’s Tiger IIs were painted in a one-color dark yellow base-coat. The remaining elements of 1st Company met with more success with an attack in the area of Regentin on 31st January, although several tanks were badly damaged by Soviet anti-tank gunfire, with one vehicle counting no less than 22 separate hits on its armor. All of the turrets for the vehicles were the result of work by Krupp as the sole designer, including VK45.02(H), VK45.02(P), and VK45.03(H). Tiger II tanks in France. Fgst. Early production King Tiger, from a Schwere PzAbt, Normandy, August 1944. Source: Trojca When being equipped with Tiger IIs in November 1944, s.SS.Pz.Abt 103 was renamed s.SS.Pz.Abt. Nahverteidungswaffe (close defense weapon) fitted behind the loader’s hatch on the right-hand side of the turret. The battalion left the battle with just 3 of its 23 tanks operational and had effectively got no rest from the almost daily combat from the end of October 1944 until 12th January 1945, when it was finally relocated to Magyaralmás for maintenance. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1p0Ll9TITGDiF9_fdS-tv1797JBs0_-pB70ReE_kIRkE/edit#gid=1911430820 n/k, Turm Nr. For the tanks however, by May 1944, such serious problems with the mechanics of these tanks had been encountered that consideration was made to return them to the factory or just blow them up. Mass production of the vehicle started in May 1945. Less than 500 King Tigers, no matter how powerful, were not going to change the outcome. 506 was engaged with Allied forces along the Arnhem-Else road, in the area around Elst, and Alsdorf. Pushed back once more towards Wilmersdorf, the unit finally found some palatable success for itself with the destruction of about 15 Soviet tanks by 3rd Company as the whole unit moved back to Bad Saarow by 25th April and then onto the forestry building at Hammer by 27th April. Fgst. The only substantive difference in the drive system between Tiger III and the Panther II, therefore, was that Panther II had seven road wheels per side, whereas Tiger III was to have nine. Following the end of the war, Swedish military authorities, eager to get their hands on some examples of German tanks for examination, sent a team to mainland Europe. 503 to just 18 operational Tiger IIs out of a total of 46 Tiger IIs in the battalion. By the first weeks of 1945, the Eastern Front had been pushed back to the Carpathian mountain passes in the south and Warsaw on the Vistula River in the center, while in the north, the German army was fighting in East Prussia. King Tiger, unknown unit, ambush camouflage pattern, Germany, April 1945. As part of eliminating the bulge in the turret side, the commander’s cupola was also moved 50 mm to the right, towards the centreline of the turret. The PzKpfw VIB Tiger II(known as the King Tiger or Tiger II) is the German tier 8 heavy tank for the E-100 heavy tank line. broken, and subject to botched restoration and further damage – currently in private hands It was probably better than its American rival, the lighter and less heavily armored forty-six-ton American M-26 Pershing. The variation in camouflage is obvious. 501), this unit had also been previously operating Tiger Is (as s.SS.Pz.Abt. Tiger II number 105 belonging to s.SS.Pz.Abt. The original Tiger had vertical armor, rather than the more effective sloped armor (effectively increasing armor thickness) found on the T-34 and the later German Panther. 501 was down to just 14-16 operational Tiger II, about half of its total number of vehicles, as they struggled to remain operational following extensive combat and travel. Poor tactical use once more hamstrung the effectiveness of the tanks and the slope of the ground created a large dead-spot for the Soviets, in which the guns of the Tiger II could not depress. For the weapon camouflage with a similar name, see Tiger Camouflage. The grenade exploded in a zone between 0.5 and 2 meters from the ground with a fragment radius of up to 100 m, lethal to nearby troops. Excellent article. The Wehrmacht's armored In its appearcance the tank was much different from edgy and “boxy” Tiger I ausf E. It looked like Panther tank. Fontenay-Saint-Pere: extraction du char, le projet au point mort. Source: Panzerwrecks 3 Firing armor-piercing shells, these could penetrate the side armor of the Tiger II at 1.5 to 2 times the range at which the Soviet 85 mm gun could. Issued to the headquarters company of the battalion, this Befehlswagen version was operated by SS-Oberscharführer Sepp Franzl. L/70 and used this knowledge to work on a design mounting the 8.8 cm Kw.K. 182), also known as Königstiger (German name for Bengal tiger; mistranslated by Allied soldiers/intelligence as King Tiger), was a German heavy tank and the successor of the Tiger I.Carrying the most effective gun and armor, it became one of the most famous tanks of the war. With its powerful 88mm gun and an almost impenetrable front armor, it was one of the most feared weapons of world war 2. The vehicle's drawbacks included an overloaded suspension and engine-transmission group, as well as excessive general mass. (26th July 1945). In February 1944, this unit received orders to reorganize itself to operate Tiger II tanks with its radio-controlled vehicles. Tiger: The History of a Legendary Weapon 1942-1945. Several T-34s were knocked out followed by efforts to relieve the siege at Arnswalde. s.Pz.Abt. Was this article updated/changed? The smoke rounds came in two types: the Schnellnebelkerzen 39 (quick smoke candles) or the Rauchsichtzeichen orange 160 (orange smoke) for concealment and signaling purposes. On 22nd April, moving through Berlin, one ISU-122 was knocked out preceding an attack by 6 Tiger IIs to retake the Kopenick Railway Station. L/71 gun in a heavily armored tank. See more ideas about tiger ii, tiger tank, german tanks. The unit saw combat but achieved little and by 12th April all of its tanks were either lost, destroyed or inoperable. All the Tiger IIs belonging to the Panzer-Lehr Division were turned back in on 1st August 1944. Between 20th August and 12th September that year, s.Pz.Abt. Better protection would be delivered by a combination of thicker armor than the Tiger I and sloping the armor. The construction of Tiger II tank was in many aspects similar to the Panther tank construction. The first three trial vehicles (Versuchs-Fahrgestell) were ordered in October 1942 (V2 survives to this day at the Tank Museum, Bovington, England). The Soviets ambushed and destroyed almost the whole battalion by using IS tanks and concealed anti-tank guns. Nr. L/71 gun into the turret of a tank was a joint project carried out by the firms of Fried. Key Point: Heavy tanks were deadly but could break down and weren't as reliable or easy to mass produce as other tanks. Schneider, W. (1990). Key Point: Heavy tanks were deadly but could break down and weren't as reliable or easy to mass produce as other tanks. At this point, their works were struck by 5 Allied bombing raids from the end of September into the first week of October (22nd, 27th, 28th September, 2nd and 7th October) which destroyed 95% of the production area of the Henschel plant, crippling production. Through the end of March, the image of this unit is a dysfunctional one, with an argument involving pistols drawn between the battalion commander and a junior officer which was only prevented from being a fratricide by a fortunately-timed Soviet barrage, followed by the removal of the new commander of 2nd Company for “constantly issuing nonsensical orders”. Production, like for most German vehicles, was slow. Range graduations for the main gun were provided which allowed fire out as far as 6,000 m. The Tiger Ausf.B was also fitted with a close defense weapon (Nahverteidigungswaffe) mounted in the turret, which could fire explosive, smoke, or flare rounds. Source: Panzer Basics. The armored flanges extending from the front hull sides, covering the final drives, were originally 80 mm thick and, along with the thickening of the glacis, these too got thicker, being increased to 100 mm instead. Required fields are marked *. When engaging enemy vehicles at long range, the Tiger II had an upper hand over any other vehicle in terms of the gun and armor protection. (n/a) , Turm Nr. Winninger, M. (2013) OKH Toy Factory. One notable part of the defense of this town was that the Tiger IIs used there ran out of ammunition for their 8.8 cm guns and were airdropped 8.8 cm Flak shells to use instead. *Note that although the Tiger II at Munster is an earlier production vehicle than the one at the National Armor and Cavalry Museum it bears a later turret. These complications meant that it was recommended to retain the curved shape of the turret-front, although the sides could be amended. Germany’s Tiger Tanks: VK45.02 to Tiger II. On 24th January, the unit attacked the Soviet bridgehead at Tapiau, recapturing some territory and claiming 30 enemy tanks in the process. The remains of s.SS.Pz.Abt 501 were then merged with SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 to create Kampfgruppe Peiper. (n/a), Turm Nr. Verladeketten (transport tracks) just 520mm wide … Sadly, it has already been subjected to looting of fragments from it and a botched paint job. Fgst. A second M.G. The Tiger Ausf.B, regardless of which turret it was using, had a crew of five men, consisting of a commander, gunner, loader, driver, and radio operator. 505, was seriously mauled by the Soviets through the summer of 1944 and, as a result, was also sent back to Germany for reorganization. The ‘rest’ position was 16.5 degrees to the right rather than straight ahead and it was protected from damage by an armored cowling. Source: fprado The Krupp VK45.02(P2) turret mounted the 8.8 cm Kw.K. The attack was successful with 36 enemy anti-tank guns destroyed but all but 3 of the German tanks were damaged. Senger und Etterlin, F. (1971). Panzer VI Ausf.B of the Schwere Panzer Abteilung 505, fall 1944. It seems different from when I last read it, but good as always. Tiger IIs of 3rd Company s.Pz.Abt. Troops of 1st Company s.Pz.Abt. Despite this, only 8 Tiger IIs were operational to resist the Soviet counteroffensive between Lake Balaton and Lake Velence. The first demonstration of the Tiger II with this new gun took place on 20th October 1943 in the presence of Hitler, comparing this new Tiger to the Tiger I. They assembled the Tiger II parts supplied from a variety of contractors and the primary elements of the tank, the armored hulls and turrets, were supplied to them for fitting. The last combat action of the unit with Tiger IIs took place of 8th May, with an evening counterattack with all 5 remaining tanks. The small circle under the top of the cupola is a machine-pistol port (Maschinenpistole – Geschützluke). US War Dept. In this time, valuable maintenance was carried out, bringing the unit additional operational vehicles. The end of January saw combat preventing the Soviet advance at Saalau and then in the defense of the bridgehead at Norkitten. When the Tiger II found the enemy and was operational for combat it provided good service for the German Army and proved to be a formidable opponent head-on with a combination of excellent gun and heavy armor. Tiger II or ‘Konigstiger’ (King Tiger) was first used during the Normandy campaign in 1944 and was the most powerful tank on the battlefield at that time. Paypal.me/tankartfund. This was the single biggest one-day Tiger II loss of any unit of the entire war. On 22nd December, one Tiger II was lost and had to be abandoned when a 90 mm shell smashed the right drive sprocket and another tank, after receiving numerous hits, was crippled both in mobility and firepower through damage to the tracks and having had the muzzle brake shot off. Brand new Tiger II with the Krupp VK45.02(P2) Turm test firing the 8.8 cm Kw.K.43 L/71 gun sometime in 1943. During the finals against Ooarai Girls Academy, 2 Tiger II were fielded, one of wich was commanded by Kuromorimine's vice commander Erika Itsumi. Schiebert, H. (1994). Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania, USA (currently on long-term loan to The Tank Museum, Bovington, UK) Tiger II tankının şassisindən Jagdtiger adlı tank qatilinin istehsalında istifadə edilmişdir . 503 at Mailly-le-Camp, August 1944. Tiger. Interrogation of Herr Stiele von Heydekampf. Fgst. By this time, Henschel confirmed that 420 Tiger IIs (417 series tanks and 3 trials vehicles) had been produced, but the Allied bombing was so disruptive to production that not only were plans made to shift some production, but also the total number planned for completion was reduced to just 770. The three other Type 180s (Turm Hinten) had a rear-mounted turret. The Tiger II was issued to heavy tank battalions of the Army and the Waffen-SS. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. All of these rounds were fired from a 360 degrees-rotating projector mounted at a fixed 50-degree inclination angle. Swinging the Sledgehammer: The Combat Effectiveness of German Heavy Tank Battalions in World War II. 501 away as a Panzerbefehlswagen Tiger Ausf.B. The tank's gun proved devastating against any allied tank it faced, however it suffered mechanical problems like the Tiger 1 and Panther tanks and had high fuel consumption. The Tiger II, often referred to as the King Tiger or even Bengal Tiger (Königstiger) was the largest and heaviest operational tank fielded by the German Army in WW2. A wide variation in size, style and color of the turret numbers was present across units. The suspension of the Tiger I was a highly complex triple-interleaved (Schlachtung – ‘boxed-in’ wheels) system with multiple overlapping wheels (Staffelung – ‘overlapping’ wheels), making repairs to the wheels time consuming and burdensome. Schiffer Military History, Pennsylvania, UK Tiger II being recovered by US forces outside La Gleize, Belgium by means of an M19 Tank Transporter, an M20 Prime Mover, an M9 (45-ton) trailer, and an M1A1 Heavy Wrecker. Kuromorimine Girls Academyoperated some Tiger IIs (recognizable as the model produced from June to September 1944 by the nine sprocket teeths and the car jack at the rear). The most heavily armored tank carrying the most powerful anti-tank gun. This company stayed in the area and took part in the fighting with those vehicles near to Albshausen. That seventh tank was reused by German forces for a short period before being dumped in the harbor, but the reason for using it was obvious. Jentz, T., Doyle, H. (1997). Jentz, T., Doyle, H. (1997). Combat debuts of T-34/85, IS-2, Su-152 and Su-85 meant that Tiger I was no longer the king of the battlefield and hence a new king was needed which arrived in the form o… The unit surrendered the next day to US forces south of the town of Kaplitz. 503 abandoned in front of the Potsdamer Platz Subway Station, 30th April 1945. In terms of the triad of metrics for tanks—firepower, armor and mobility—the Tiger II was quite impressive. Disaster was to follow success though, as, on 9th April, the unit attacked Harste. The radio operator in the hull also had the additional function of being in charge of the hull machine gun, although how valuable this was in combat is questionable. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Nibelungenwerke was a logical choice to support production, as it was already responsible for Jagdtiger production on the Tiger II chassis, but even so, no actual Tiger II production ever took place at that plant. Image: Wikimedia. Enter the Tiger II, or Konigstiger (King Tiger). 280243, Turm Nr. The first batch of Tiger IIs issued to s.Pz.Abt.506 was painted with large olive-green patches on the dark yellow base paint, but later Tiger IIs which were delivered came in dark green with earth-colored brown spots. in August 1944. happened near the village of Ogledow, Poland, not Obledo …. In an effort to maneuver, the Tiger II conducted a sharp turn and the final drive failed, incapacitating the tank. There, the US defenders stopped the advance, although no Tiger IIs were lost. Source: Lemons. The final tank from this unit and the only Tiger II to survive was sent to Augustdorf, transferred to the SS-Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung. At 2300 hours, with the attack completed, the crews blew up their tanks. Following the standardisation of the Tiger III (as it was still being called) with the Panther II in February 1943, it was decided that this tank should receive the same engine, transmission, and cooling system, namely the HL-230 P30 engine, AK 7-200 transmission, and OG 40 12 16B Schaltgetriebe (gearbox) made by Maybach. The Soviets built more than 108,000 tanks, and the Americans eighty-eight thousand, because World War II was a contest of production that devoured material at an appalling rate. There was good news for the unit in December too, as spares had arrived and the troublesome final drives on the tanks were replaced with the new, improved, more reliable type. Like a professional football player, the Tiger II was more agile than it looked. Source: Schneider The offensive had been an unmitigated failure of poor planning, inadequate coordination, and incompetent execution but, thankfully for s.SS.Pz.Abt 502, the Soviets do not seem to have capitalized on this dysfunction and allowed the unit to withdraw back to Diedersdorf-Liezen for resupply. When engaging enemy vehicles at long range, the Tiger II had an upper hand over any other vehicle in terms of the gun and armor protection. The most heavily armored tank carrying the most powerful anti-tank gun. The 6 Tiger II taken directly from the Henschel factory in Kassel into combat by men from s.Pz.Abt. Prüf. The most massive and heavily armored tank of World War II was the Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger II (military designation, SdKfz 182), which the Nazi Germans called the Königstiger (King Tiger) and the British termed the Royal Tiger.. It was the development of the Panther by M.A.N. The entire strength of the unit was just 2 Tiger Is. Another was lost on 24th December attacking the area around Bourscheid and 2 more the following day as a result of Allied air attacks. Nor could the Soviet 76 mm ZIS-3 or F-34 guns penetrate even the side turret or hull armor of the tank. Nr. Standard Marshketten (operational) tracks were 725mm wide, used with 24 road wheels per side. Source: Trojca. 503 applied camouflage to their newly issued Tiger IIs at the Ohrdruf Training Area. That particular vehicle (Tiger 213, which had been under the command of SS-Obersturmfuhrer Dollinger) is on public display in La Gleize. Two days later, on 30th December, all of the tanks of the 1st Company of s.SS.Pz.Abt. 509. Altogether, this unit claimed to have destroyed more than 900 enemy tanks and over 1,000 guns. This effort delivered two Jadgtigers but neither was of any use: one crashed through a bridge and was abandoned, the other was then blown up to block a street as an obstacle to the Soviet advance on 9th May, as the unit surrendered to US forces around Steyr. The German King Tiger Tank was introduced in early 1944 and was the most powerful tank during world war 2. Knocked out Tiger II of 2nd Company s.Pz.Abt. 501, as part of the Panzergruppe Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, they attacked at the Parisky Canal. II. Further air attacks took place against them the next day when crossing the Ambleve River at Stavelot. Work continued through the start of 1943, with various options considered, including a rotating direct-vision cylinder (Fahrersehklappe – Walze) added to the glacis to allow the driver to see ahead without a periscope. Credits and thanks to: Imperial War Museum, Bundesarchiv and ArchiveNormandie. 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