The King Tiger
Tank Museum photo No 4892/F/1
Sd Kfz 182, Pz Kpfw VI Ausf B or Tiger II. Our exhibit
is the second prototype tank, Fahrgestell No. V2 which left
the Henschel plant in January 1944. It never saw combat
service in any form but is still an adequate example of
the type for us to examine.
Tank Museum photo No. 3237/E/1
As with other early production Tiger II our exhibit carries
the so-called Porsche turret, but it is incomplete. It misses
the commander's cupola and the large escape hatch at the
Museum photo No. 5862/E/4
Even the 88mm gun is not the original but a spare, installed
after the tank arrived in Britain.
Tank Museum photo No. 3237/D/3
The tracks are enormous, as you would expect on a 68 ton
vehicle. The drive sprocket is the original 18-tooth type.
Tank Museum photo No. 3237/D/2
The road wheel design was highly original. It was also
very complicated. Each wheel was of bolted construction,
with steel rims running on the tracks but an internal rubber
ring was installed to provide resilience and cut down internal
Tank Museum photo No. 4892/E/4
By any standards it is an impressive battle wagon. Sixty
years old it may be but it still has a sense of threat and
power that belies its age.