of what eventually became known as the Tiger Ausf. E was initiated in a discussion
with Adolf Hitler on the 26th of May 1941. Medium and heavy tanks have been under
development in Germany since 1937, no immediate plans were in hand to supersede
or augment Panzer III
owing to the early campaign successes. But all this changed after the invasion
of Russia and the Wehrmacht came up against the Russian T-34 and KV I tanks. Both
of the Russian tanks, outclassed anything the Germans had either in the field
or on the development and it was this which gave the impetus to implement Hitler's
recommendations as quickly as possible.
Panzerkampfwagen Tiger II Ausf. B (Königstiger)
design followed the same path as the Tiger I Ausf. E, but was intended to be even
more formidable. The Königstiger combined the thick armour of the Tiger Ausf.
E with the sloped armour of the Panther. The tank weighed almost 70 tons, and
was protected by 100 mm to 180 mm of frontal armour, and was armed with the 8.8
cm KwK 43 L/71 gun and 2 × 7.92
mm MG 34 machine guns. The Pz.Kpfw. Tiger II Ausf. B served as a basis for
one production variant, the Jagdtiger.Gallery: Sources:
German Military Vehicles.
Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany World War II.
Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World Two.
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