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UNIQUE ID 73: TIGER TANK

(Model: Early Production Model)

Wheatcroft Collection, Leicester, Britain

(Location: Wheatcroft Collection)


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Unique ID: 73
Added to Database: May 2008
Last Edited: 10 May 2010
Type (ID): Tiger (170)
Model (ID): Early Production Model (300)
Location Category (ID): Wheatcroft Collection (3510)
Location (ID): Wheatcroft Collection (3510)
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Location History:
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1: Wegmann & Co, Kassel, Nordhessen, Germany (Turret manufacturer)
2: Henschel und Sohn, Kassel, Nordhessen, Germany (Chassis manufacturer and vehicle assembly)
3: Bad Fallingbostel, Germany (November 1942)
4: Reggio di Calabria, Italy (Staging point)
5: Bizerte, Tunisia (Staging point)
6: U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County, Maryland, USA (1943-1989)
7: Auto und Technik Museum, Sinsheim, Rhine Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (From 1989)
8: BWB Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung, Koblenz, Koblenz District, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (Early 1990s)
9: Panzermuseum, Munster, Soltau-Fallingbostel, Lower Saxony, Germany (Until c.2001)
10: Wheatcroft Collection, Leicester, Leicestershire, East Midlands, Britain (Current location)


This is a very early production vehicle (chassis number 250012), with a pistol port on the right side of the turret, and it is not fitted with a turret stowage box. It was the platoon sergeant’s tank of 1st Troop of Number 1 Company, sPzAbt 501. This Battalion received its first Tigers on 30 August 1942 and was promised to Rommel as reinforcements for his North Africa campaign. On 10 November it was ordered to Tunisia by Hitler. The Battalion’s tanks, including this one carrying the turret number “112”, were moved by rail from Fallingbostel were they had been used for training. They were transported to Reggio, Calabria, in Italy and then shipped on Siebel ferries to Bizerta in Tunisia. This one was captured in running order during 1943. It carried the turret number “712” when captured because the Company had come under command of 7 Panzer Regiment and was its 7th company. It was taken to the USA for testing and evaluation in 1943. The left side of its turret was cut open and then patched up.
It was on display in the Ordnance Museum at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, for many years. In 1989 it was returned to Germany on long term loan in exchange for it being restored during that time. It went originally to the Auto und Technik Museum at Sinsheim, but has since been moved to Koblenz. The left sides of its turret and hull are now open to view. Two other vehicles were returned at the same time, these were the Munster Panzermuseum PzKpfw II tank and the Auto und Technik Marder II tank destroyer (see Preserved German Tanks Volume 1). It will remain in Germany indefinitely.

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July 1983

The Koblenz Tiger while at APG
1: The Koblenz Tiger while at APG

Taken: 9 July 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 167
Added: 3 July 2008
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