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Partially completed Serien-Turm turrets at the Henschel factory March Source: fprado Production of the armored hulls and turrets was primarily conducted by Krupp in Essen, manufacturing armored turret-body pairs by the end of February , a figure which includes the 50 turrets produced for the VK The firm of Wegmann was also involved in the turret production, taking the armored turret bodies and working on them before sending them to Henschel for completion and installation.
Krupp itself produced hulls and turrets by the end of February , which includes the 50 turrets produced for the VK Henschel started production ahead of those other plants and on a larger scale, but the contribution of D.
Careful attention to the figures though shows an important feature. Adding together hull production for Krupp, D. Undoubtedly the best-known variant of the Tiger II is the Jagdtiger, which was even heavier as a result of a huge and heavily armored casemate on top of the central part of the hull mounting a Just 74 of these vehicles were built and the weight and reliability problems which plagued the Tiger II were compounded by the additional weight of the Jagdtiger.
It remained the heaviest operational and mass-produced armored fighting vehicle AFV of WW2 but it delivered very little success.
As well as the company HQ and platoon commander version of the Tiger II, there was also a command version of the tank as well.
This command tank variant was a little more extensively modified than simply adding a FuG 2 radio set, as it required the addition of wiring, antennas, and a GG auxiliary generator, all of which took up additional space.
To account for this extra internal space requirement, the Panzerbefehlswagen Tiger Ausf. There were two versions of the Panzerbefehlswagen Tiger Ausf.
B: the first, the Sd. From the front, the massive and imposing shape of the Panzerbefehlswagen Tiger Ausf. B pictured 13th August is almost indistinguishable from the standard Tiger II.
Only the antennae at the back give it away. This second antenna distinguishes the Panzerbefehlswagen Tiger Ausf.
B from other Tiger Ausf. The Panzerbefehlswagen Tiger Ausf. Although every tenth Tiger Ausf. B was intended to be outfitted as a Panzerbefehlswagen, production records for Henschel show it was actually every twentieth vehicle.
Seen from behind, the antenna positions on the rear hull roof rear right and rear-centre give this Tiger II of s. Faced with a crippling shortage of heavy tracked armored recovery vehicles, the German military in WW2 ended up having to abandon or destroy hundreds of its own tanks to prevent them from falling into enemy hands.
Often a breakdown was the result of the failure of a single component like a final drive, yet with little time to recover a vehicle to a secure locale to fix it, the entire tank would be lost.
There was no recovery-version of the Tiger I, and crews had actually been ordered not to tow one Tiger with another in case it simply caused another vehicle to be lost.
Certainly, no production version of an ARV Tiger II variant was made but with a serious shortage of heavy armored recovery vehicles, it is perhaps no surprise that such an idea was floated around.
A British investigation in July interviewing men at the factories and examining recovered documents etc. Quite how far that plan got is not made clear and no drawings, models, or mockups were found.
Each platoon of tanks was supposed to consist of tanks. This unit was never formally issued with the Tiger II, as it had been operating Tiger Is throughout and On 10th April , however, the unit was at Rechberg in a totally shattered form.
The entire strength of the unit was just 2 Tiger Is. During a maintenance period, the maintenance facility there provided it with a single Tiger II which had been made operational, bringing the unit strength to 2 Tiger Is and 1 Tiger II.
Several other vehicles were improvised by the unit here as it tried to regain combat strength, including the installation of some quadruple flak guns onto some captured Soviet tanks, but it was an effort in vain.
The unit saw no more combat and blew up its last tanks on 8th May. The remnants of the unit then surrendered to US forces and were promptly handed over to the Soviets.
Following the disaster at Beja though, the unit was down to a single company of tanks. It was reconstructed as a formation from the end of June to the start of August , receiving a full complement of 45 Tiger IIs.
The first use of these tanks was a disaster, however, as most of them broke down with final-drive failure on a 50 km road march from being offloaded by train at Jedreczewo on the way to the Baranow Bridgehead near Warsaw, Poland.
Here, final drive problems continued and only 8 tanks were operational. Three of those tanks were left burning when the unit was ambushed by one or more Soviet Ts belonging to the 53rd Guards Tank Brigade near the town of Obledo.
The losses were all due to the ammunition in the turret catching fire following a hit on the side of the turret. Subsequently, tanks were prohibited from carrying ammunition there, reducing ammunition capacity to 68 rounds.
The forces opposing s. Later in the battle, these tank forces were supplemented by a platoon of IS-2 tanks.
During the 3 days of the battle, 6 GTC reported capturing 7 Germans, killing another , and destroying 6 tanks without the loss of a single tank.
It was not until the middle of August that the unit received the spare final drives they needed, but the vehicles were still misused in unsuitable terrain, leading to further losses.
By 1st September, just 26 Tiger IIs remained operational. Following the losses through August and September , the unit was resupplied with Tiger Is formerly from s.
Disaster followed once more in January during an attack at Lisow conducted without adequate preparation and reconnaissance.
The Soviets ambushed and destroyed almost the whole battalion by using IS tanks and concealed anti-tank guns. Nonetheless, the battalion reported destroying a number of enemy tanks during the period of contact.
Its last Tiger II was lost on 14th January, when the ton bridge it was crossing collapsed. Late-model Tiger Is and all Tiger IIs were fitted with a trio of mounting brackets on the turret roof for the assembly of a field crane for maintenance.
Here, an unidentified Tiger II undergoes extensive work in the field, lifting off the engine decking. Note the front right drive sprocket is off and the position of the tracks would indicate both final drives are undergoing repair as well.
Source: Schneider A Tiger 2 belonging to s. According to German sources, this tank was knocked out by a 76 mm anti-tank gun, but Soviet records indicate it was knocked out by a bomb hit to the engine.
Source: Panzerwrecks 3. This unit had previously been operating the Tiger I as s. The 1st Company of s.
Three days later, four of these vehicles supported a counterattack at Guitrancourt, where they destroyed a single M4 Sherman.
Two of the Tiger IIs then attacked Melier and one was lost to fire from an anti-tank gun, reducing the company strength to One of these two replacement tanks was lost just a few days later, on 26th August, at Meulan after being hit repeatedly by enemy fire and crippled.
Another Tiger II was lost when it rolled over trying to avoid an attack by Allied fighter-bombers.
On 29th August, the 1st Company was supporting a counterattack by a Luftwaffe field division in the area to the west of Magny-en-Vexin when it ran into a wall of coordinated anti-tank fire.
Several of the Tiger IIs were crippled by this fire and two, which could not be recovered, were blown up. In an effort to maneuver, the Tiger II conducted a sharp turn and the final drive failed, incapacitating the tank.
The crew then abandoned the tank. This vehicle was later recovered and is now on display at the Tank Museum, Bovington. Tiger II number of s.
It now resides at the Tank Museum, Bovington. Source: Schneider Continual contact with the British and concentrated fire crippling the tanks had diminished the original 14 tanks to just 6 tanks after 29th August, and another was knocked out the following day along the road towards Gissors.
On 3rd September, the unit made contact with US armored forces and reported the destruction of 2 M4 Shermans northeast of the town of Rozoy.
By 5th September, down to just 2 operational tanks, one had to be abandoned near la Capelle when it ran out of fuel and it was blown up.
This tank was subsequently recovered and is now on display at the Panzer Museum Munster. The unit was renamed from s. Abt between the end of September and end of November , when it was being reconstituted to operate Tiger IIs.
Eleven more Tiger II were issued, handed over by s. The Ardennes offensive began poorly for s. Others suffered damage to their final drives on the march to contact with enemy forces.
Further air attacks took place against them the next day when crossing the Ambleve River at Stavelot.
As the tanks maneuvered to safety, US anti-tank guns opened fire and one Tiger II became stuck in a building and had to be abandoned.
Tiger II number belonging to s. Source: Schneider Air raids continued up to contact between s. One Tiger II was lost to enemy fire near the bridge at Stavelot and two tanks, belonging to 3rd Company, were hit multiple times by fire from vehicles of the US rd Tank Destroyer Battalion.
Both were damaged but were later recovered, having managed to destroy one of the American tank destroyers. More contact followed over the next few days as the Germans tried to press their assault and deal with US counterattacks.
On 22nd December, one Tiger II was lost and had to be abandoned when a 90 mm shell smashed the right drive sprocket and another tank, after receiving numerous hits, was crippled both in mobility and firepower through damage to the tracks and having had the muzzle brake shot off.
That vehicle was later recovered to the USA for testing. Tiger number of s. Source: Schneider. This tank is currently preserved in the United States.
Source: Schneider By 28th December, s. Two days later, on 30th December, all of the tanks of the 1st Company of s. The next major action for the unit and their Tiger IIs took place on 17th February after they had been transferred to the Eastern Front.
Here, with 19 Tiger IIs from s. Having created a bridgehead, the attack pressed on and captured Parkany, destroying several enemy tanks in the process.
Despite starting this operation with over 30 tanks, by 3rd March just 4 remained operational and the unit had to march to the southeast to form up at Polgardi in order to relieve the pressure of the Soviet assault on the city of Budapest Operation Fruhlingserwachen — Spring Awakening on 6th March.
Operational levels were still low for this operation and stalled on 9th March, when the unit encountered a Soviet defensive line of anti-tank guns at Janos Mjr.
Two Tiger IIs were so seriously damaged by this encounter that they had to go back for depot-level maintenance. Despite the strong Soviet defence, the Operation had managed to create a bridgehead on the other side of the Sio River near the town on Simontornya and a brief period of low-intensity conflict persisted from 11th to 14th March.
In this time, valuable maintenance was carried out, bringing the unit additional operational vehicles. On 19th March, following the Soviet counter-offensive, the I.
Panzer-Korps, of which s. During that move, conducted at night to avoid enemy aircraft, several of the valuable Tiger IIs broke down or ran out of fuel.
With no recovery vehicles available, these had to be blown up. Defensive actions took place near to Inota the next day.
A successful encounter between one of those Tiger IIs and a Soviet armored force on 20th March resulted in 15 Soviet tanks claimed to have been knocked out by just the single Tiger II in that single engagement.
More combat followed at the end of March as delaying actions against the Soviet advance were fought, but more tanks had to be blown up during the retreat to Hainfeld-St.
Veit, and only 3 Tiger IIs made it back to Germany. Constant defensive action continued for s. The remains of s. This new battle group went into action on 15th April in the Traisen Valley and recaptured the town of St.
The defense of the town was bitter and, on the 18th, German forces retreated. The battalion reformed once more at the end of April in the area around Scheibss, Anton, and Neubruck and, in a desperate attempt to get more tanks, forty soldiers were sent to the nearby Nibelungen works to try to get six Jadgtigers operational.
This effort delivered two Jadgtigers but neither was of any use: one crashed through a bridge and was abandoned, the other was then blown up to block a street as an obstacle to the Soviet advance on 9th May, as the unit surrendered to US forces around Steyr.
On 9th February, this half-company was sent to Senne to collect more tanks and the delivery of 13 Tiger IIs followed up until 3rd March.
Having seen no combat with its Tiger IIs, the unit was stripped of them and they were, instead, handed over to s.
Deployed to the Railway Station at Kraks, three members of the crew were killed when a German soldier mistakenly attacked it with a Panzerfaust.
With a replacement crew under the command of SS-Untersturmführer Buchner, the tank was made operational and sent to intercept a column of US tanks on the autobahn.
As a result, the unit effectively ceased to exist. Like SS. It was moved back to the Senne training area and reconstituted as s.
In December , s. Delivery of Tiger IIs to complete this unit did not take place until the middle of February , with final delivery on 6th March for a total of 31 Tiger IIs.
With its new tanks, s. This was to be the first combat for the unit since being reestablished as s. It did not start well.
The attack started slowly, as a delay in the cooperation between the infantry and Panzer advances had not been adequately coordinated.
Nonetheless, not long after leaving the departure point, 2nd Company s. Abt had penetrated the lead enemy line of defense, but the overall attack had petered out as the inexperienced infantry were not exploiting the breach made by the tanks and several vehicles became disabled.
Poor positioning of the vehicles with the tanks parked too tightly together also left them more vulnerable to artillery fire and 4 of the precious tanks were subsequently damaged along with 2 of the highly important Bergepanther recovery vehicles.
Without those, the unit would not be able to recover broken down or crippled tanks as easily. By the end of March , the unit had achieved very little except for continually being stuck in the mud or immobilized by accurate Soviet fire and were down to just 13 operational tanks.
The offensive had been an unmitigated failure of poor planning, inadequate coordination, and incompetent execution but, thankfully for s.
Abt , the Soviets do not seem to have capitalized on this dysfunction and allowed the unit to withdraw back to Diedersdorf-Liezen for resupply.
By the first week in April , s. By the time of the Soviet offensive on 16th April, 29 tanks were fit for service, spread between Petershagen-Sieversdorf 1st and 3rd Companies , and Dolgekin 2nd Company.
Poor tactical use once more hamstrung the effectiveness of the tanks and the slope of the ground created a large dead-spot for the Soviets, in which the guns of the Tiger II could not depress.
More problems followed on the 18th, when, after repelling a Soviet attack the day before, one Tiger II accidentally engaged the commander of 2nd Company.
Despite being relieved of his command for this near-fratricidal incident, the commander of the vehicle had to be reinstated the following day as there were simply not enough officers.
Heavy Soviet attacks on the 19th led to a withdrawal to Berkenbruck for 2nd Company, where it was engaged by Soviet forces 3 days later.
Here, with tanks from 3rd Company the unit engaged in one of the few recorded instances of anti-infantry shelling, where they fired on Soviet infantry moving from Dolgelin to Heinersdorf about 3, m away from them.
Pushed back once more towards Wilmersdorf, the unit finally found some palatable success for itself with the destruction of about 15 Soviet tanks by 3rd Company as the whole unit moved back to Bad Saarow by 25th April and then onto the forestry building at Hammer by 27th April.
Several vehicles were lost during these weeks of withdrawal due to mechanical failure or lack of fuel and were blown up, leaving just 14 Tiger IIs across 1st and 2nd Companies.
Two more instances of the low quality of training of some of the crews occurred. A Tiger II tank crashed into a wheeled vehicle leading to an uncontrolled fire that lead to both vehicles being destroyed.
More chaotic withdrawal followed which, along with combat, contributed to numerous serious mechanical failures on the tanks, causing the crews to blow them up.
By 1st May , just 2 operational Tiger IIs remained, although every member of the crews was wounded in some way and the unit was devoid of any wheeled vehicles all non-combat-essential wheeled vehicles were ordered blown up on 25th April and all remaining wheeled vehicles defueled on 28th April.
One of these was knocked out by a Panzerfaust and the final vehicle ran out of fuel and was abandoned near the town of Elshotz. At that point, the unit effectively ceased to exist and remaining troops tried to cross the Elbe to surrender to US forces.
Three Tiger IIs had actually been delivered on 30th January but were taken away from them shipped off to s. Abt since 31st January The next Tiger IIs for the unit came in the form of 7 vehicles which were actually taken directly from the Henschel factory at Kassel and took part in combat in that area.
The unit was finally disbanded on 19th April When being equipped with Tiger IIs in November , s. Abt was renamed s.
Abt and , which were renamed and , respectively. The first 4 Tiger IIs for the unit had been received a month earlier, in October , with further deliveries arriving from December through January In a hint of the sort of dysfunction which hindered s.
Abt , two officers had to be transferred out of the unit for writing reports to the SS Main Office against the unpopular SS-Obersturmbannführer.
The first contact between this unit and the Soviets was also a disaster. Instead, the commander kept them on the train and at Stolzenberg they were ambushed by Soviet tanks and all captured without having managed to fire a shot in anger.
The remaining elements of 1st Company met with more success with an attack in the area of Regentin on 31st January, although several tanks were badly damaged by Soviet anti-tank gunfire, with one vehicle counting no less than 22 separate hits on its armor.
By the start of February, 2nd Company s. Once more, though, the combat was dominated by tanks being crippled by accurate anti-tank gunfire breaking tracks and drive sprockets.
Seven tanks were engaged in the defense of Arnswalde despite encirclement of the town by the Soviets. They were to face repeated Soviet attacks for over a week before a breakout and relief force rescued all of the tanks although only 4 were operational on 17th February.
One notable part of the defense of this town was that the Tiger IIs used there ran out of ammunition for their 8. Tiger II of s. Several Ts were knocked out followed by efforts to relieve the siege at Arnswalde.
Strength at this time was just 14 operational tanks with 25 undergoing repairs. On 3rd March, another disaster struck the unit when the train with some of their damaged tanks onboard derailed.
The unit tried to get back onto trains at Gollnow, having lost 9 tanks due to the derailment and a subsequent enemy attack forcing tanks to be blown up.
Once on the train, the vehicles were loaded with their combat tracks, rather than the narrower transport tracks and this caused a lot of damage to passing trains on their way to Pasewalk.
Two suffered serious mechanical breakdowns, another hit a tree and broke down, and the fourth was mistakenly filled with engine coolant instead of petrol, meaning it had to be evacuated for repair.
By the end of February, the unit was operating in the region of Dirschau. There, on 28th February, a Tiger II of 1st Company was hit by a shell on the ventilator on the turret roof, which penetrated the turret and killed the men inside.
The driver and radio operator in the hull survived. Defensive actions continued through March, as the unit progressively fought a fighting retreat with intermittent contact with the Soviets up to the 21st and 22nd March, with the unit now in the city of Danzig.
The maintenance facility for s. That seventh tank was reused by German forces for a short period before being dumped in the harbor, but the reason for using it was obvious.
Source: Schneider April was chaotic, as some of the unit remained in Danzig and the rest was moved around in the hope of assisting in the defense of Berlin with its dozen or so remaining vehicles.
Maintenance for these was hampered not only by the constant movement but also the incessant combat. Whatever was being done was far too little far too late and the fall of Berlin was inevitable.
A breakout was attempted on 2nd May, but it was a total shambles. The Soviet forces covered the roads and the tanks were the subject of vigorous artillery and anti-tank fire.
The last Tiger II of s. These tanks were progressively lost through combat and breakdown and by 24th August the unit was at Maastricht-Mersen, having fought its way through Seclin, Tournay, Leuze, Waterloo, Lowen, and Tirelmont to get there.
It was then ordered back to Paderborn for reconstitution. Tiger IIs of 3rd Company s. Following this, the unit was involved in combat east of Szolnok and then in the area to the east of Budapest against the oncoming Soviet forces.
Tiger II belonging to 2nd Company s. Source: Schneider On 20th October, 2nd Company and one platoon of 3rd company of s.
The attack was successful with 36 enemy anti-tank guns destroyed but all but 3 of the German tanks were damaged.
The attacks were all successful and pushed back the advancing Soviets. More combat followed through the end of October consisting mainly of counter-attacks against the relentless Soviet advance culminating in the relief of the 24th Panzer Division By this time though the constant battling had reduced the strength of s.
Throughout November , the battalion was engaged in almost daily combat with Soviet forces including some poorly directed actions conducted without infantry support or at night, but it still fought stubbornly against the advancing Soviet armor.
During this time the unit claims to have destroyed dozens of Soviet tanks although the advancing Soviets would be able to recover any knocked out tanks.
The Germans, on the retreat, were forced to blow up their own tanks which became stuck or otherwise immobilized, and by December they were down to 40 tanks.
December was much the same as November: a string of counter-attacks to temporarily blunt the Soviet advance, followed by a withdrawal to a new position.
Crippled tanks were blown up and the strength of the battalion progressively dwindled with total disaster on 7th December when the repair depot got cut off and they had to blow up 8 of their own tanks.
Untersturmführer Karl Bromann of s. Source: Schneider s. Despite its best efforts, there was no stopping the Soviet advance and the constant combat and withdrawal had depleted the battalion.
By 10th May, the remaining strength of around men gathered together, destroyed their vehicles including their last two Tiger IIs, and surrendered to US forces, who later handed them over to the Soviets as prisoners.
Their unit diary claims more than 1, enemy tanks and 2, guns destroyed by the end of the war, more than any other Tiger battalion.
Lieutenant Von Rosen conducts a pass-in-review of tanks from 1st and 3rd companies of s. The film was made at Camp Senne near Paderborn in September Film available here.
The variation in camouflage is obvious. There, in August , the unit was brought back to full strength, now equipped with the Tiger II.
Its first six Tiger IIs were delivered on 26th July, although 2 were immediately poached by s.
Of the remaining 4 vehicles, 3 caught fire during training and were total losses. The unit ended September with 44 tanks and was attached to the 3rd Panzer Division 3.
This operation brought October to a very bloody start, with the loss of two Tiger IIs at the bridgehead north of Demsslaw in exchange for a reported 23 enemy tanks destroyed.
When the Soviets counterattacked the next day 5th October , the Germans were forced to withdraw, leaving 2 broken-down Tiger IIs behind.
These were set on fire and the unit once more reported very heavy damage to the attacking Soviet forces, claiming 22 tanks.
Daily combat through October was a grinding slog of attack and counterattack with a slow but inexorable loss in Tiger IIs. By 1st November, just 18 tanks were still operational.
November saw s. There, the battalion was held in reserve and reported 30 tanks operational on 1st December There was good news for the unit in December too, as spares had arrived and the troublesome final drives on the tanks were replaced with the new, improved, more reliable type.
The end of January saw combat preventing the Soviet advance at Saalau and then in the defense of the bridgehead at Norkitten.
On 24th January, the unit attacked the Soviet bridgehead at Tapiau, recapturing some territory and claiming 30 enemy tanks in the process.
Losses, though, had left s. The unit diary claimed enemy tanks and 74 anti-tank guns knocked out since 19th January.
The last two weeks of March and into April saw the unit move to the Peyse Peninsula and the area of the Kobbelbud Forest.
By the first week of April, tank crews for whom there were no tanks were formed instead into tank hunter companies and fought as infantry. On 13th April, more tank crews would join these improvised units as the battalion lost 7 more Tiger IIs blocking an enemy assault southwest of Medenau.
Just 5 Tiger IIs remained in s. The last combat for this unit took place on 14th April in the area of Powayan but just two vehicles were available for that defense.
The next day, 1 broke down and had to be blown up, leaving the other four to head to Pilau. Two more broke down near Fischhausen and were blown up.
The remaining men surrendered shortly afterward. Altogether, this unit claimed to have destroyed more than enemy tanks and over 1, guns.
Between 20th August and 12th September that year, s. The rest were all using the Serien-Turm. There, fighting the lightly armed British paratroopers defending Arnhem, one Tiger II was knocked out southeast of Oosterbeek by two rounds from a British PIAT anti-tank weapon after being damaged by a 6-pounder anti-tank gun, in an otherwise very unequal engagement.
Knocked out Tiger II of 2nd Company s. Source: defendingarnhem. One was knocked out as a result, at the end of Weverstraat in Arnhem, when the mortar round penetrated the deck and started a fire.
The second Tiger II also had its deck penetrated, damaging the ventilation system and fuel tanks, but it did not catch fire — this incident resulted in a suggestion to add armor protection to the fuel tanks.
By the end of September , s. At the start of October , s. There, at Alsdorf, 3 Tiger IIs were knocked out by tank destroyers from the US rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, putting a temporary halt on offensive operations in the area.
Combat continued through the rest of October with actions at Birk, Probstier Forest, and then an attack on the town of Verlandenheide.
Heavy fighting ensued in this area and Allied forces retook the town from the Germans, followed by the capture of Aachen.
By the end of that battle on 22nd October , the battalion was down to 18 operational tanks, but within 10 days was able to put 35 operational Tiger IIs into a counter-attacking action on 1st November.
Sherman tanks from that unit engaged another of s. December saw new Tiger IIs delivered to replace those lost to British and American forces, with 6 received on 8th December and 6 more on the 13th, which brought the battalion nearly up to full strength.
One Tiger II was lost the following day, knocked out on the road towards Bastogne. Another was lost on 24th December attacking the area around Bourscheid and 2 more the following day as a result of Allied air attacks.
The following day 3rd January , whilst attacking the US nd Parachute Infantry Battalion, one Tiger II was hit by anti-tank gunfire and knocked out, resulting in the attack being called off.
The rest of January marked a slow and steady decline in the number of tanks available, mostly as a result of maintenance issues.
The unit suffered its worst defeat on 5th March , when US forces broke through at Kyllburg. At this time, the attacking US forces destroyed 3 Tiger IIs and the subsequent German withdrawal meant not all the tanks could be taken, meaning 5 more had to be blown up by their crews, reducing the battalion to just 17 tanks.
Tiger II, formerly of s. It is taking a group of soldiers from the US th Ordnance Battalion for a short joy ride near Gereonsweiler, Germany.
When, in the following week, the unit received replacement tanks including 7 second-hand tanks from s. By the end of the month, the unit was in the area of Wissen and then Siegen, followed by a kilometer road march west of Winterberg, although just 3 tanks broke down during the march.
By 11th April, it had just 11 tanks left and disbanded at the Iserlohn forest on 14th April Three more came from s.
With very little time to train on the new tanks, as well as being combat-tired, the unit drove itself into an ambush by US forces in the woods around Altenbeken.
On 2nd April , the unit attacked US forces at Willebadessen, losing 5 tanks in the process in exchange for just 5 American tanks.
Another tank broke down and was lost the following day, and on 5th April another was lost to an Allied air attack, bringing the total strength of the battalion down to just 9 tanks.
Disaster was to follow success though, as, on 9th April, the unit attacked Harste. The result was that US troops knocked out 4 Tigers with the use of phosphorus grenades, leaving just two tanks in the battalion.
It is worth noting, however, that photographic evidence of the vehicle shows a large caliber penetration on the right-hand side of the turret indicating that the vehicle may have been knocked out by enemy fire and then was abandoned whilst being recovered.
Tiger belonging to s. The size of the 8. Source: Panzerwrecks. Abt , did not receive any Tiger IIs. In fact, no Tiger IIs ever served in Italy during the war.
The unit was brought back to Germany in February for reconstitution with the Tiger II and crews were trained on the Tiger II in March but they were never issued to the unit, which ended its days being used as infantry.
By 18th January, the unit was transferred to Hungary and was attached to the 3rd SS. Panzer Regiment 3. The first contact with the enemy was a disaster.
Taking place on 18th January with attacks on the high ground south of the town of Jeno across a cleared minefield, the attack ground to a halt when the Soviets blew up the bridges.
Twenty enemy tanks had been knocked out, but the battalion had lost 7 of its new Tiger IIs in doing so and 4 more which were damaged.
Minor successes followed, with Soviet forces being pushed back until 21st January when, against the better judgment of the battalion commander, the unit was ordered by the commander of 3.
Six of the 12 tanks broke down and another was damaged by a collision with another Tiger II in the dark. By the time the unit got to Vali on this march, it was out of fuel and forced to withdraw.
One of the first Tiger IIs delivered to s. Source: Schneider A large engagement took place on 27th January, when the unit was engaged by a Soviet tank brigade.
Reporting no loss from the engagement, the battalion claimed to have knocked out 41 Soviet Ts. Combat continued in this sector for s. The unit was held up on 6th March by Soviet IS-2 tanks dug in near to the target destination.
This formidable defense was overcome with the loss of 3 Tiger IIs, although all of the vehicles suffered severe battle damage from the encounter and only 2 of the Tigers had actually made it to the strongpoint.
The middle of March saw repair work and maintenance to bring the battalion strength up from just 8 of 31 tanks operational on 15th March to 20 operational on 18th March.
There, the battalion lost 3 Tiger IIs to enemy fire and claimed the destruction of 16 Soviet tanks 8 Ts and 8 IS-2s but the effectiveness of the unit was over as a result.
This action had burnt through the remaining stores of fuel, leaving it unable to return to Balatonfüred-Tapolca-Körmend and, as a result, 14 Tiger IIs had to be blown up.
This was the single biggest one-day Tiger II loss of any unit of the entire war. The unit stayed in almost daily combat throughout the end of March and through April but was on the defensive reduced to just a third of its proper strength.
By 1st May, just 13 Tiger IIs were left operational and on 7th May, when ordered to withdraw to Kapplitz, 9 of those tanks broke down and had to be blown up.
The last combat action of the unit with Tiger IIs took place of 8th May, with an evening counterattack with all 5 remaining tanks.
At hours, with the attack completed, the crews blew up their tanks. The unit surrendered the next day to US forces south of the town of Kaplitz.
One particular note for this unit is that, during the campaign, some of the Tiger IIs it operated are known to have additional track links added to the center-front of the turret for extra protection.
As a result of these losses, the unit was notified in March that it was to be equipped with the Tiger II in the Berlin area.
Collected directly from the factory, these tanks were only fitted with the narrow transportation tracks and not the wider combat tracks.
This company stayed in the area and took part in the fighting with those vehicles near to Albshausen. One tank was lost to enemy action on 2nd April, knocked out by hand-held anti-tank weapons and the unit withdrew to Ochshausen.
The backward Swastika was painted on some time after its abandonment. Source: Schneider There, remarkably, it managed to repair this knocked out Tiger II with a new engine and it moved off to Bad Lautenberg.
This small unit conducted various skirmish actions between Braunlage and Elend on 8th April but was formally disbanded on 17th April.
The remaining 5 tanks one had been blown up on 5th April when it broke down were abandoned. On 18th April though, soldiers from SS.
A couple of US tanks were knocked out in doing so but when artillery was directed at the Tiger II it was abandoned a second time.
That was the last combat action of s. This unit had previously operated the Tiger I and used radio-controlled demolition vehicles.
In February , this unit received orders to reorganize itself to operate Tiger II tanks with its radio-controlled vehicles.
By May , such serious problems with the mechanics of these tanks had been encountered that consideration was made to return them to the factory or just blow them up.
They were not destroyed and were sent instead to the lower part of the Department of Eure-et-Loire to bolster defenses in the city against the incoming US forces.
No more Tiger IIs were issued to Panzer-Kompanie Funklenk and the company was sent back to Germany in July to be re-equipped as an assault gun unit.
That was not the end of the story of those tanks though. Between the 13th and 18th August , the Tiger II tanks given up by Panzer-Kompanie were deployed in the defense of the town of Chateaudun, but other than providing significant intimidation to the US forces, proved completely ineffectual and continually broke down.
The last vehicle broke down on 18th August and was abandoned. As well as the Tiger IIs issued out to various units, there were, in the chaotic last months of the Third Reich, various extemporaneous units thrown together.
These tended to be equipped with the tanks left over for training purposes and teaching and consisted of various vehicles of various types thrown together in a desperate effort to create armored units to continue the war.
This unit was formed at the start of February using vehicles from the Armor Experimentation and Instructional Group at Kummersdorf and its strength included 4 Tiger IIs.
This unit saw combat on 22nd March with a defense against a well-coordinated Soviet attack preceded by a minute artillery barrage as it stood in the region of Kustrin, as part of the defence of Berlin.
The hectic events of March, April and May , and the thrown-together nature of this unit make it hard to present a short history of those months, but it is known that the Tiger Is which formed part of this unit continued to fight on until around 1st May , when the last Tiger I was abandoned.
The exact fate of the Tiger IIs issued to the unit is not clear, but it can be assumed that they were all lost in this area during the period between the end of March through April.
The unit saw combat but achieved little and by 12th April all of its tanks were either lost, destroyed or inoperable.
Tiger IIs issued to s. In spring , Tiger IIs belonging to s. A wide variation in size, style and color of the turret numbers was present across units.
One of the 8 Tiger IIs operated by s. This photo, presumably taken very shortly afterward judging by the civilian attire of the man posing and that it still has the hull machine gun fitted, is painted in what is assumed to be the factory yellow base-coat with green patches and spots.
Some Tiger IIs in this unit at the time were also painted with vertical olive green and brown stripes of varying widths. Troops of 1st Company s.
This Tiger II, belonging to s. Vehicles of s. The reason for the lack of camouflage is unclear. Due to the popularity of the Tiger II amongst model makers, a great deal of work on camouflage colors has been produced over the years, somewhat complicated by a lack of original color photographs.
The colors have faded, having been outside for several years, but a clear three-tone pattern of green and brown over a base yellow is apparent.
Note the unit identifier appears to be in blue and edged in white. This paint was actually applied by US forces sometime after arrival in the US in an effort to match the original German colors so are close, but not original.
A Tiger II survives in Belgium. Appropriately, as the most famous action for the tank was the Battle of the Bulge.
The vehicle on show is a veteran of that campaign in the town of La Gleize. Built in October , and serving with s.
It was moved to its current resting place a short distance away sometime later. It underwent cosmetic restoration in the s and remains on public display.
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