Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Panzers: Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I

The Tiger was built, like the Panther, in response to the Soviet T-34. But, unlike the Panther, it did not have sloped armour, making up for the defect in strength and thickness rather than sloping. Its armament of one 88mm gun in a revolving turret made it one of the most feared tanks of all time. Soviet Tankers, however, figured out that a Tiger could be killed in a ramming attack, as the T-34 was also very fast. In action, the tiger was a formidable defensive weapon, as its gun could kill any tank that the allies could bring up, the only Allied tank with superior firepower and armour being the Soviet IS-3 Pike, which arrived on the battlefield too late to have any noticeable effect. After 1945, the Tiger was, to my knowledge, never used again, and some Tigers can be seen in various museums around the world.

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