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The Tiger I or PzKpfw VI Ausf E Tiger was a heavy tank used by Germany during WWII.


Powered by a 12 cylinder, 700 hp (522 kW) Maybach HL210 P45 petrol engine, the Tiger was capable of reaching speeds of up to 22.9 mph (37 km/h), with a range of 121 miles (195 km).[1] The Tiger also had a 8 speed forward, 4 speed reverse transmission and a torsion bar suspension system.

The Tiger I had five crew members, and armament consisting of an 88mm KwK 36 L/56 main gun and two MG 34s mounted both coaxially and in the bow. Tigers were armored from 100 mm of frontal hull armor, 82 mm of both side and rear armor, 100 mm of frontal turret armor, 82 mm for side and rear turret armor. Weighing 56 tons (56,900 kg), the Tiger I was 27 ft 8.5 in (8.45 m) long, 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m) wide and 9 ft 10 in (3 m) high over the turret hatch


Adopting the PzKpfw VI designation originally intended for the Neubaufahrzeuge VI,[2] the Tiger I entered production in July 1942, and first saw action in Russia during the following month. At the time of its introduction, the Tiger I was the most powerful tank in the world, despite having a low gear turret traverse, resulting in delays in bringing the main gun to bear on a target. By the end of production, approximately 1,560 had been built.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Forty, George. WW1 and WW2 Tanks. Southwater Books (Anness Publishing Ltd). 2012. ISBN 1 78019 190 1 Page 104
  2. WW1/WW2 Tanks Page 94

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