Tiger 231

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The Tiger Tank That Wouldn't Die

The almost unbelievable story of Tiger 231, the tank the Soviets could not kill at Kursk, no matter how many times it was hit by anti-tank shells.

 

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The Evil Bat's picture

Now that was interesting. Not as much a story about ze German mechanical genius (if you know a bit about that time during ww2) but more a story of how effective having the right minerals to put in your steel/armour. I can't remember which mineral that they couldn't gets their hands on. But the tigger armour just kept getting worse towards the end of the war.

If I remember right. I heard a story of a veteran German tiger tank driver (I think it was the driver) who drove the tiger series tanks right up till he got captured by Russians. He mentioned that the steel armour was so bad towards the end of the was that heavy caliber small arms fire would cause shards of steel to splinter/flake off and ricochet of the walls inside the tank (spalling or something I thinks it's called....any way...nasty shit).

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monkeymania's picture

Incredible. 252 hits! The 227 hits from anti-tank rifles is no big deal. The Russian anti-tank rifle in WW2 had no chance of penetrating the armor of a Tiger tank. The rest of the hits were from 45mm anti-tank guns, which also had no chance of penetrating the armor of a Tiger and from 76.2mm rounds which could penetrate a Tiger but had to hit in the right place. Still, it's absolutely amazing it could take so many hits.

 

Russian 14.5mm PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle of WW2 vintage.

 

 

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