PANZER Mk VI Ausf E Tiger I (Sd.Kfz 181)

PANZER Mk VI Ausf E Tiger I (Sd.Kfz 181)
Image: Panzer Mk VI Ausf E Tiger I (Wikipedia)
YearAugust 1942
Vehicle TypeHeavy Tank
Origin & DesignerGermany/Henschel & Wegmann
Numbers Produced1.346
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 88mm L/56 KwK 36 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-6.5° to +°17
Turret Traverse360° (Powered)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTZF9c
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm MG34s
Smoke Discharger92mm Smoke Dischargers (Early models)
Nahverteidigungswaffe (Late Models)
Ammunition Carried92 x 88mm & 4.800 x 7.92mm + Smoke Rounds
Combat Weight57.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.47m
Fording Depth1.56m
Trench Crossing2.49m
Obstacle Clearance0.79m
Climbing Ability35°
ArmourHull Front: 100mm
Hull Sides: 80mm
Hull Rear: 80mm
Hull Top: 25mm
Hull Bottom: 25mm
Gun Mantle: 120mm
Turret Front: 100mm
Turret Sides: 80mm
Turret Rear: 80mm
Turret Top: 25mm
EngineMaybach HL 210 P45
Transmission8 Forward & 4 Reverse
Maximum Road Range125 km
Maximum Cross Country Range80 km
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Maximum Road Speed36 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed16 mph
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NotesPanzer Mk VI Ausf E (otherwise known as the Tiger I) was one of the most famous tanks used in World War Two, to the allies every German tank was a “Tiger” which is surprising given the fact that only 13.54 were ever built with production starting in July 1942 and ending in August 1944. The Tiger I had overlapping and interleaved road wheels and torsion bar suspension and this arrangement along with wide tracks help to distribute the weight of the tank. The main armament was an 88mm KwK 36 gun and two MG34s. The Tiger Is first saw action in late summer 1942 on the Russian front. They were issued to independent heavy tank battalions with both Wehrmacht and SS formations. Tigers went on to see service in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and France, with the remaining vehicles helping to defend Germany in 1945.