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.