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Tiger II by The-Car-Gallery Tiger II by The-Car-Gallery
Tiger II is the common name of a German heavy tank of the Second World War. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B and the tank also had the ordnance inventory designation SdKfz 182. It is also known under the informal name Königstiger (German: Bengal Tiger), often literally translated as King Tiger and by the British as Royal Tiger.
The Tiger II combined the heavy armor of the Tiger I with the sloped armor of the Panther. The design followed the same concept as the Tiger I, but was intended to be even more formidable. The Tiger II chassis supplied the basis for the Jagdtiger turretless tank destroyer. The Tiger II weighed 68.5 (early turret) to 69.8 (production turret) tonnes, was protected by 150 to 180 mm of frontal armor, and was armed with the 88 mm KwK 43 L/71 gun.
The very heavy armor and powerful long-range gun gave the Tiger II the advantage against virtually all opposing tanks. This was especially true on the Western Front, where the British and U.S. forces had almost no heavy tanks with which to oppose it. In a defensive position it was difficult to destroy. Offensively it performed with less success, and its performance was a great disappointment to Hitler when it first saw action.
The Tiger II performed very well against Allied and Soviet tanks being able to penetrate the front armour of the M4 Sherman, M26 Pershing and IS-2 at respectively 2500 m, 1800 m and 1200 m. Defensewise the M4 Sherman was unable to penetrate the front even at point blank and the M26 Pershing and IS-2 had to come within 1300 m and 200 m respectively.
The Tiger II was widely photographed due to its large size and propaganda value.

Picture taken in the Panzermuseum Munster, Germany.
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Hailstormoffire Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Now THAT is what a tank is. The Americans fired 25 poundshells point blank at a King Tiger, and they either bounced off, or exploded out, wouldn't have stopped it. THAT is one dangerous weapon
GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
sexy tank!
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Must always respect the Tiger II. :salute:

And fear its deadly 88 mm too. :shaking:
Kindrain Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
most beautiful tank in WW2,i really admire the designers of this tank.
Yenger Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
One of the most beuatiful things I have ever seen.
The-Car-Gallery Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, I can't really call a tank beautiful, but they are interesting nevertheless.
Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
der königstiger ist wirklich einer der schönsten panzer die je gebaut wurde, ich liebe das design einfach :)
War auch im panzermuseum munster, war echt cool die ganzen panzer mal in originalgröße zu sehen :D
The-Car-Gallery Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nichts geht über den Leo 2. :P
Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
mein lieblinspanzer ist der jagdtiger :)
burt86 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Photographer
Great design, my fav WWII tank for sure.
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