The Tiger Collection, Tank Museum Bovington – United Kingdom


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The Tiger Collection - Tiger & Panzerjäger Tiger (P)

The Tiger Collection – Tiger & Panzerjäger Tiger (P)

In April 2017 we visited the Bovington Tank Museum in the United Kingdom. The museum teamed up with the World of Tanks game organisation and has an special exhibition in the tank museum, the Tiger Tank Collection. It runs for two years, for us to visit the Tiger tank Family reunion.

Pänzerjager Tiger (P) 'Elefant' - Tiger 131

Pänzerjager Tiger (P) ‘Elefant’ – Tiger 131

King Tiger 'Henschel' - Elefant - Tiger 131

King Tiger ‘Henschel’ – Elefant – Tiger 131

Tiger 131 – Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. E

When the German Army was in need of a heavy tank both Henschel and Porsche took up the challenge and created a tank with the specified requirements. Although Ferdinand Porches tank had some modern, even futuristic ideas the Henschel tank was chosen instead of Porches. The Tiger was a fearsome tank, not the best on the field but with its thick armour and its devastating gun it brought great fear to its enemies, so much that some soldier called every German tank a Tiger.  The Tiger or Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. E – Sd. Kfz. 181 – was in service from 1942 until 1945.

Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger - Bovinton Tank Museum

Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger – Bovinton Tank Museum

Tiger 131 in the Tiger Collection - Bovington Tank Museum

Tiger 131 in the Tiger Collection – Bovington Tank Museum

Tiger 131 - Sd. Kfz. 181 Version E

Tiger 131 – Sd. Kfz. 181 Version E

Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger made by Henschel

Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger made by Henschel

Tiger 131 - Sd. Kfz. 181 Ausf. E

Tiger 131 – Sd. Kfz. 181 Ausf. E

Panzerjäger Tiger – Tank Hunter Tiger

After Ferdinand Porsche lost its race for the tiger he used his chassis for another tank, a hunter which used a long 88mm gun which was later used in the King Tiger tanks. He named the tank after himself and named it Ferdinand. After an upgrade of armour and the upgrade with an machinegun in the hull for close combat the German Army renamed the tank ‘Elephant’. The Panzerjäger Tiger or Ferdinand / Elephant with designation Sd. Kfz. 184 was in service from 1943 until 1945.

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) - Sd.Kfz. 184 - Elefant

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) – Sd.Kfz. 184 – Elefant

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) - Ferdinand Porches Elefant

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) – Ferdinand Porches Elefant

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) - Sd.Kfz. 184 - the Elefant in Bovintong Tank Museum

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) – Sd.Kfz. 184 – the Elefant in Bovintong Tank Museum

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) - Sd.Kfz. 184 in the Tiger Collection

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) – Sd.Kfz. 184 in the Tiger Collection

Panzerjäger Tiger, developed as Ferdinand changed into Elefant

Panzerjäger Tiger, developed as Ferdinand changed into Elefant

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) - Sd.Kfz. 184 - Elephant

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) – Sd.Kfz. 184 – Elephant

Konigstiger 'Porsche Turret' - Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B 'Jagdtiger' - Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B 'Königstiger'

Konigstiger ‘Porsche Turret’ – Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B ‘Jagdtiger’ – Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B ‘Königstiger’

 

Königstiger or King Tiger – Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B

The Königstiger was the upgrade of the Tiger tank, the King Tiger, or Royal Tiger had angled features and looked more like a Panther tank. It weighed almost 70 tonnes and used the long 88mm kWK 43/71 gun. It was also the basis for the Jagdtiger. It was in service from 1943 until 1945. Again Henschel won the contract and the initial design is misleading called the Porsche Turret. The turret was made by the Krupp factory and the first 50 tank were equipped with this turret. The simplified version is referred to as the ‘Henschel’ turret and is used in the following King Tiger Tanks.

Königstiger with Henschel turret

Tiger II - Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B - Henschel Turret

Tiger II – Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B – Henschel Turret

King Tiger - Sd. Kfz. 182 - Henschel Turret

King Tiger – Sd. Kfz. 182 – Henschel Turret

Königstiger Panzerkampfwager VI - Henschel Turret

Königstiger Panzerkampfwager VI – Henschel Turret

Königstiger Panzerkampfwager VI with the Henschel Turret

Königstiger Panzerkampfwager VI with the Henschel Turret

King Tiger with Henschel Turret in the Bovington tank museum

King Tiger with Henschel Turret in the Bovington tank museum

Königstiger with Porsche Turret

Königstiger Panzerkampfwagen VI - Porsche Turret

Königstiger Panzerkampfwagen VI – Porsche Turret

King Tiger with Porsche Turret in the Bovington tank museum

King Tiger with Porsche Turret in the Bovington tank museum

Tiger II - Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B - Porsche Turret

Tiger II – Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B – Porsche Turret

Königstiger Panzerkampfwagen VI with the Ferdinand Porsche Turret

Königstiger Panzerkampfwagen VI with the Ferdinand Porsche Turret

King Tiger - Sd. Kfz. 182 - Porsche Turret

King Tiger – Sd. Kfz. 182 – Porsche Turret

Konigstiger 'Porsche Turm' - Jagdpanzer VI Tiger

Konigstiger ‘Porsche Turm’ – Jagdpanzer VI Tiger

Jagdtiger - King Tiger 'Porsche Turret'

Jagdtiger – King Tiger ‘Porsche Turret’

 

 

Jagdpanzer VI – Jagdtiger

Using the same chassis at the Konigstiger the Jagdpanzer named Jagdtiger was developed. This hunting Tiger used a devastating 128mm gun and weighed 71 tons. The base was lengthened to give a more stabilized gun platform. It had a fixed gun turret with an armour thickness of 250 mm, the tiger had 100mm and was already a rolling castle. Due to it weight it had lots of breakdowns and wasn’t suitable for urban warfare. Time caught up with the enormous Jagdtiger. When it saw action in 1944 the stretched out field of Russia were out of reach and the war was taking place on the borders of Germany. Air superiority was lost and the huge tank was a target for allied aircraft. The Germans produces about 80 of these tanks from 1944 until 1945. It is named Jagdpanzer VI, Jagdtiger, Sd. Kfz. 186.

Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger - Sd. Kfz. 186

Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger – Sd. Kfz. 186

Jagdtiger based on the King Tiger - Bovington Tank Museum

Jagdtiger based on the King Tiger – Bovington Tank Museum

Jagdtiger in the Tiger Collection Bovintgon

Jagdtiger in the Tiger Collection Bovintgon

Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger - rear deck

Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger – rear deck

Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger - gun compartement

Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger – gun compartement

Jagdtiger or Hunting Tiger - Sd. Kfz. 186

Jagdtiger or Hunting Tiger – Sd. Kfz. 186

The missing Tiger – Sturmtiger or Sturmpanzer VI – ‘Sturmmörserwagen’

The intention of the Bovington Tank Museum and World of Tanks game organisation was to get all versions of Tigers in one place. When we arrived in April in 2017 one spot was empty, the Sturmtiger had not arrived. We have no clue if it will arrive later or not at all. The Sturmtiger or Sturmpanzer VI – Sturmmörserwager was a rocket launcher on the Tiger tank VI base. It fired a 38cm rocket over a distance of about 6000 metres. The rocket could penetrate 2,5 metres of reinforced concrete and the tank was used as bunker buster of building wrecker. Due to its sloped hull it had frontal armour of 150mm.

We saw the Sturmtiger in the tank museum in Munster, Germany, so for now we can perform were the tank museum Bovington and World of Tanks did not succeeded at the Tiger Collection exhibition. We give you a LandmarkScout article with all surviving types of Tigers.

Sturmtiger - Sturmmörserwagen mit 38 cm RW 61

Sturmtiger – Sturmmörserwagen mit 38 cm RW 61

Sturmtiger - Assault Tiger with 380mm Rocket firing gun

Sturmtiger – Assault Tiger with 380mm Rocket firing gun

Sturmpanzer VI - Sturmmörser Tiger

Sturmpanzer VI – Sturmmörser Tiger

Sturmtiger based on the Tiger I

Sturmtiger based on the Tiger I

Sturmpanzer VI - Sturmtiger in Munster Germany

Sturmpanzer VI – Sturmtiger in Munster Germany

Visit

The Tiger collection is to be seen for the next two years in the Tank museum in Bovington, it just started when we arrived; it should be there until March 2019. Check the website if you want to be sure. The museum has a great set of tanks besides the Tiger collection, numerous World War One and World war two Tanks. Book a full day if you want to see it all.

Patrick @ Work - The Tiger collection Bovington

Patrick @ Work – The Tiger collection Bovington

 

More on the Tiger and King Tiger follow the links below

Panzerkampfwagen VI – Tiger

Panzerkampfwagen VI ausf. B –  King Tiger

 

 

 





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