The Tiger was the most powerful tank in the world. The 88mm gun was extremely powerful and the heavy armor made it almost impervious to attack. Even though its fearsomeness was to grow to almost mythical proportions, its combat debut was less than impressive. Mid production models saw the replacement of the commander's cupola which was now shorter and used seven periscopes instead of vision ports. The commander's hatch now swivels to the side, an MG34 ring mount was added to the turret top for anti-aircraft defense, a gun travel lock at the rear was added and the dual headlights were replaced with a single centrally mounted headlight. The rubber rimmed road wheels were retained but the first outer wheels were often removed due to the muddy and snowy terrain on the Eastern front. Zimmerit was applied from August 1943 onwards. The smoke dischargers, pistol ports on the turret sides and Feifel air cleaners were discontinued. About 470 units of mid production series were produced between July 1943 and January 1944.


Length: 13.8 in (350 mm)
Width: 6.1 in (155 mm)
Height: 6.5 in (142 mm)
Weight: 2.6 lbs (1.165 kg)
Climb: 30°
Speed: 0.78 mph (1.25 km/hr)

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