Friday, July 1, 2011
Panzerkampfwagen VI Kingtiger
While the Tiger I was a fearsome weapon, it had many problems. So, the Germans decided to make an even bigger and better armored tank. This Led to the Kingtiger, or Royal Tiger. This tank used sloped armor and an even more powerful version of the 88mm gun. However, its terrible mobility and fuel consumption rate made it almost useless. It was first used in the 1944 Ardennes offensive ( Battle of the Bulge)and at first seemed a total success, but they were soon stopped by Allied resistance and a lack of fuel. Overall, the Kingtiger was most effective for propaganda purposes, as it terrified the enemy. Like the huge super heavy models that followed it, Kingtiger was almost more of a moving pillbox than an actual tank.