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UNIQUE ID 215: TIGER II TANK

(Model: Henschel Turret Model)

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: World War 2)


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Unique ID: 215
Added to Database: July 2008
Last Edited: 22 March 2012
Type (ID): Tiger II (210)
Model (ID): Henschel Turret Model (400)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): World War 2 (3010)
Serial Number: 280093.
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “104” painted in grey on turret sides. German crosses painted on turret sides. Painted overall in a sand, green and brown camouflage scheme.
Collection Reference: E1994.81. (Accession 8194, Entry 1994.1126).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
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Location History:
(see map)

1: Wegmann & Co, Kassel, Nordhessen, Germany (Henschel-designed turret manufacturer)
2: Henschel und Sohn, Kassel, Nordhessen, Germany (Chassis manufacturer and vehicle assembly 1944-5)
3: Beauvais, France (Captured 1944)
4: Calais, France (Embarked)
5: Dover, Britain (Disembarked)
6: Directorate of Tank Design, Chertsey, Surrey, South East England, Britain (1945-late 1960s)
7: Defence College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, South East England, Britain (Late 1960s – May 2006)
8: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)
9: The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Static display at Tankfest June 2006)
10: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved German Tanks publication:

This King Tiger was one of the first to be encountered in France in 1944. It served with sSS-PzAbt 501 of the 1 SS PzKorps and was one of three from this unit knocked out near Beauvais (one of the others is now at the Munster Panzermuseum). It had the turret number “104” and is believed to have been knocked out by Sergeant Roberts of A Squadron, 23rd Hussars. A contemporary account states that it had disengaged from a running fight with Sherman tanks after receiving slight damage to the off-side suspension. When the driver made a sharp skid-turn in a sugar-beet field the off-side final drive smashed. All five of the crew climbed out, two of them were shot and the others surrendered. Contemporary photographs appear to show that it had a shell hole in its right hand side and it was not fitted with side-skirts.
A detachment composed of RE and REME personnel later recovered it from the field where it had sunk until it was completely bellied. It was transported to the coast by road on a Cranes heavy duty trailer designed for the British Tortoise heavy assault tank, and was then transferred from Calais to Dover on a train-ferry. It arrived at the Directorate of Tank Design (DTD), Chobham, Surrey, on 15 January 1945 and is believed to have arrived at RMCS in the late 1960s. It has an incomplete coating of Zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste. It is currently missing its exhausts, and a pair of roadwheels at the front on its right-hand side, though it had all of these when it was recovered. It now has nearly a full complement of side-skirts; these obscure the area of the hull that appeared to have been holed.

Text in Preserved German Tanks Update:

This Tiger II was commanded by an officer named Sepp Franzl when it was abandoned. It was put on the Bovington Museum books in 1994 and was transported on a low loader from Shrivenham to Bovington on 18 May 2006. It was a static display at Tankfest 2006.

Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This is a King Tiger with a ‘Henschel’ turret.


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March 2011

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 9 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7142
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56268727...
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Front left view
2: Front left view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7137
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56268905...
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Front left view
3: Front left view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7138
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56268818...
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Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7139
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56262921...
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Left view
5: Left view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7140
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56268948...
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Rear left view
6: Rear left view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7141
Added: 21 March 2012
Filename: 56268866...
Views: 192
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October 2008

Front right view
7: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4802
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030528...
Views: 221
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Front view
8: Front view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4803
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030526...
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Front left view
9: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4804
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030525...
Views: 227
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Left view
10: Left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4805
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030524...
Views: 189
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Rear left view
11: Rear left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4806
Added: 5 April 2011
Filename: P1030527...
Views: 209
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November 1984

The Tiger II at Shrivenham
12: The Tiger II at Shrivenham

Taken: 9 November 1984
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 181
Added: 3 July 2008
Filename: Scan_KT_...
Views: 1475
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Front right view
13: Front right view

Taken: 9 November 1984
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 9551
Added: 18 April 2014
Filename: FR_KingT...
Views: 92
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Front view
14: Front view

Taken: 9 November 1984
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 9552
Added: 18 April 2014
Filename: F_KingTi...
Views: 168
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Front left view
15: Front left view

Taken: 9 November 1984
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 9553
Added: 18 April 2014
Filename: FL_KingT...
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Date Unknown

An internal view of its turret
16: An internal view of its turret

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: D. Brittain
Photo ID: 182
Added: 3 July 2008
Filename: Scan_KT_...
Views: 806
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