In the WWII history, the German Tiger tanks include two categaries of heavy tanks:
- Tiger I, often shortened to Tiger, officially known as Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E (Production time: 1942-1944).
- Tiger II, often shortened to King Tiger, officially known as Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B (Production time: 1943-1945).
King Tiger combined Tiger I’s thick armor and Panther's sloped armor. King Tiger hull front armor is 150 mm. Hull side and rear armor is 80 mm. Hull top and bottom armor is 40 mm. King Tiger turret (Porsche) front armor is 180 mm. Turret side and rear armor is 80 mm. Turret top armor is 44 mm.
The main gun of King Tiger is 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71. The powerful 88 mm long-range gun of King Tiger was capable of knocking out any Allied tanks at ranges exceeding 2.5 km, beyond the shooting range of Allied tanks.
King Tiger weighs 69.8 tons. It measures 6.40 m long (hull), 3.76 m wide (hull), and 3.09 m high. Although King Tiger is such a heavy and huge vehicle, its mobility is as good as or even better than most German or Allied tanks. The top speed of King Tiger on road could reach 41.5 km/h. The engine on King Tiger is V-12 Maybach HL 230 P30gasoline 700 PS (690 hp, 515 kW)
In total, 492 King Tiger tanks were built during WWII. Jagdtiger is a variant of King Tiger.
The first combat use of King Tiger was during the Battle of Normandy, on 18 July 1944.
(Heng Long 1/16 scale King Tiger RC tank. The picture was taken by TankArmy.com in Australia)
Copyright © 2012 TankArmy.com. All rights reserved.