German Tiger -S

German Tiger -S

Hillman, MI

Made of 3/8 inch thick AR500 Armor Plate Steel 10 inch Tall | 12 inch Wide | 13 Pounds Use with SMALL BASE or PLATE RACK Probably the most recognized tank ever built, the Tiger I has come to symbolize German armor, shock, and firepower. It was truly intimidating. Ordered into production in August 1942, this tank was a clear response to formidable Russian armor the T34 encountered on the Eastern front. With a five man crew surrounded by a massive 60.7 tons of armor, the Tiger I, with its 88mm gun, was fearsome in capability. Total production was 1,354 through August 1944. Its Maybach V12 gasoline engine developed 700hp powerweight ratio of 12hp per ton for a road speed of 23mph 12mph cross country and a limited range of 62 miles. Thick armor and the high velocity 88mm gun enabled the Tiger I to destroy enemy armor at long range. Russian T34s and Allied Shermans had to rapidly close the range and outmaneuver the Tiger in order to destroy it. The Tiger was supreme when used in ambush, as evidenced at VillersBocage, France, on 13 June 1944. Here, during the Battle of Normandy, a single Tiger commanded by WaffenSS tank ace Michael Wittmann easily destroyed over two dozen British armored vehicles and blunted a major British offensive. Allied tankers T34 or Sherman knew they were going to earn their pay the hard way when confronting a German Tiger.

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