The Tiger tank was greatly feared by the Allies in the Second World War – and with good reason.
It was superior to anything the British and Americans until near the end of war and had an almost mythical status.
According to the Tank Museum, the requirement for a 45 ton tank was issued in May 1941 and taken up by two firms, Porsche Henschel.
Tiger tanks in action during the Second World War. The machines established a fearsome reputation among Allied troops
The first prototypes were hurriedly built for Hitler’s birthday and trials revealed that the Henschel design was the more practical with production beginning in July 1942.
By this time specifications had changed and the tank would weigh in the region of 57 tons, and mount an 88mm gun behind a maximum 110mm of armour on the turret front.
The Tiger first saw service against the Red Army in September 1942 and then against the Allies in Tunisia in December that year.
The Tiger had a five man crew and a top speed of 24 mph
It soon established a fearsome reputation among British troops.
Such was the strength of its armour that sta