With its huge cannon and almost impenetrable armour, the German Tiger tank struck fear into the hearts of Allied troops. Although more than 1,300 were produced during the Second World War, this is the only working example in existence. Tiger 131 has been restored to its original war time specification after a two-year restoration project costing £80,000. 2012.

The 55-ton tank can be seen tackling the tank course at Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset. It has been fitted with a genuine German Second World War Maybach engine and its fan drives have been re-engineered from original blueprints. Now it is coaxed into life using a starting handle. LINK

Big ups to my boy Wyatt for putting me on to this story about a restored WW II German Tiger Tank, the only one in existence. Being an ex-army tanker, I love mechanical things like fighter planes, muscle cars and of course tanks. As a history buff the war years are fascinating to me as well. As far as tanks go the Tiger was everything it was billed to be and more. Not only could it smoke anything the Allies fielded on the battlefield, it gave its crew the protection they needed to face overwhelming odds in many hard-fought battles.

The guys at Bovington do some incredible work restoring these machines so future generations can see and understand history up close and personal. Its one thing to hear a story of how scared you were going into battle against a tank like the Tiger. It’s something else completely to actually stare down the barrel. It just reminds us of how incredibly brave our grandparents were and home much we all owe them. Hats off to the greatest generation.

H/T to Wyatt. Stop buy his site and check out his newly released novel- Only Son.


6 Responses to TANKS A LOT, TIGER!

  1. Wyatt Earp says:

    It is such a cool story. I’d give a year’s salary to take a ride in that bad boy.

  2. Bob G. says:

    Something tells me that these restorers managed to work out the “:kinks” these Tigers suffered because of their uber-engineering.
    (nice work if you can get it).

    Always liked ARMOR, and I’ve my personal favorites.

    Good find (thanks, Wyatt)

    Roll safe (and AP-free) out there.

  3. ingineer66 says:

    Scary stuff. I guess the American WWII tanker would just have to hope he was in tank number 5 or 6 since that is how many it took to take one those monsters down.

  4. Jim Curtis says:

    That is outstanding! Glad somebody is finally getting around to the land war pieces! And I’m in the process of reading Wyatt’s book now!

  5. ajdshootist says:

    I had the pleasure of working at Bovington around10yrs ago and can tell you up close that thing is something else, looked inside through the hatches very snug,also been up in the Jag Tiger they have with a 6in navel gun,the museum has resently had a lot of money spent on it and is now quite something,must go visit this summer.

  6. dustoff57 says:

    I’m with you on tanks Capt. Saw many in my days. Rode in one once (M-60) Being a medic, tankers just didn’t fit my job role. (-:

    Yet with today’s helo fire power. A tank may not be a very safe place.

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