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Panzerkampfwagen VI "Tiger II"

Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger II

A tank with a longer and stronger 8.8 cm cannon was needed. In 1943 the heavy tank Tiger II was developed. Technical the Tiger II was not similiar to the Tiger. The design of the Tiger II was like the design of the Panther, because it has got diagonal surfaces were the projectiles can be reflected. With a total mass of 70 tons it was the heaviest tank in the Second World War. It was very stron armored and the frontal armor of the tower was even 180 mm. Like the Panther and the Tiger, the Tiger II had also got the Maybach HL 230 engine with 515 kW. This engine was to weak for such a heavy tank and so the speed, the acceleration and the maximum range were not high. The strong cannon of the Tiger II could defeat every tank up to a distance of 2 km during the Second World War. So the Wehrmacht and the Allies called him "King Tiger".

Technical data about the Panzerkampfwagen VI "Tiger II"
Type of weapon Battle tank
Manufacturer Henschel
Crew 5 men
Length 10.28 m
Width 3.76 m
Height 3.09 m
Weapons one 8.8 cm cannon
two 7.92 mm MGs
Total mass 69.8 t
Maximum speed 35 km/h
Engine power 515 kW
Armoring 25 mm to 180 mm

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Last Update: 15.12.2004