German Panzerkampwagen ''Tiger I'' Tank

  • World War II
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Better known as "The Tiger" I Battle Tank. It was a primary Armor weapon for Germany's Wehrmacht (Army). Original designs went back to 1937 by The Aders, Hensel and Sons Manufacturing Company. The final approved designs for The Tiger was in 1940 - with the first produced in 1942. The Tiger Tank featured 4.72 inches of armor plating. It was 20 feet long, 11 feet wide and 10 feet high. It had a 1.7 foot under carriage clearance. Weighing 60 tons, The Tiger featured a Porsche 690 HP Engine capable of 28 mph. Crewed by 5, The Tigers main armament was it's 88mm Gun. This weapon had a range of 1,200 yards  (carrying around 90 HE rounds). The 88mm Gun was in response to Russia's T-34 Battle Tank. Virtually impervious to frontal attacks, it was no match against this caliber gun (hence The Tiger platform).
In addition to it's main gun, The Tiger mounted twin 7.92mm MG 34 Guns (with 4,500 rounds). The Tiger could carry 140 gallons of fuel, giving it a maximum travel distance of 121 miles before refueling. Fielded in time to participate in The Battle if Lemongrass and Tunisia (1942), The Tiger was finally countered by American Anti-Tank weapons and it's eventual nemesis The US Model 26 Pershing Tank. The Tiger I was replaced in 1944 by the Tiger II design. Over 1,300 were produced (with 131 still in existence, today).