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This beast is a Tiger II panzer tank, also known as the "King Tiger." These armored monsters first saw action as part of Hitler's last-ditch 1944-45 Winter offensive into the Ardennes region of Belgium. This is an original - not replica - Tiger II knocked out and captured by American troops in January of 1945, which has been restored and now stands on display outside a museum dedicated the Winter War.
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Noah-x3 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Christ they were massive
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richort12 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the Tiger II was a typical example of the trend within the german army to make bigger and bigger tanks. despite their unquestionable power and armour, their mobility was an absolute slugpace compared to even the Russian IS-2 or the British Churchill. not to mention it's immense fuel-consumption, which made it quite unfit for use in the ardennes-offensive. in my eyes it would have been the most tactical to deploy these monsters to the Eastern-front to fight on open territory rather than in snowy forests, (but then again, i'm really glad they didn't XP)
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SpectrumianForce Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
King tigers?Hah,get a Maus.
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richort12 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Maus? ha! try the E-1000 "Ratte" Landkreuzer
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DroidOps Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Artist
Japan.

You should have bought millons of fucking german tigers instead of relying on your stupid lightly armored type-2 tanks.
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OFFICERRICHARD Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
If my country has a powerful panzer army during the WWII.The fucking and non-humanity 
Japan dog will not invade our country and slaught our people anymore!!
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OFFICERRICHARD Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Though The third Reich  has vanished。But the Dustchland panzer army is still the best of  the world
military.It's traditional and glory spirit will last forever!!!

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RedYager Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
As others have mentioned the gun barrel was damaged, to restore it they actually used half a Panther tanks turret which I find really interesting. I've seen photo's of them restoring it somewhere, I'll try find them. 
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Wolfenkrieger Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
sHPz.Abt.503 and Funklenk 316 (panzer Lehr division) in NORMANDY used their Tigers II but for some reason you imagine one alternative history but anyway very nice shot
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jamesboned Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
WOW!!! I've never seen real by photo !!!
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Scorpion-Strike Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impractical or not, an impressive achievement nonetheless. To think the western allies had practically nothing but endless M4 Shermans at the time. At least the Russians built some decent tanks to go up against this thing.
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Wolfenkrieger Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
First learn about the order of the Tanks Divisions , not only on the German army and avoit all nonsence coment , learn about the armies equipement and all diferences between light , medium and heavy tanks , like Russians Generals says in the end of WW2 , the Quality vs Panzers was only the Quanty xD
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ImmanuelWolf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
You're only part right: Shermans were mass produced like hell (more than any other tank in the War, in fact), but by that time, the US had developed the M-26 Pershing Heavy Tank, which was inferior to the King Tiger, but could fight toe-to-toe with the Tiger I. The problem was that it had to be transported all the way through the Atlantic, so only a handful of them got to Europe in time.

Besides that, there were the Tank Destroyers, which were essentialy "glass cannons" with light armor but huge firepower. Their agility allowed them to outmaneuver the heavier and clumsier German Tanks (a Tiger, for example, needed a full minute to rotate its turret).

Anyways, quality is of little concern when you have overwhelming numbers against your enemy (and complete air superiority). Germany's mistake was attempting to create massively expensive "Uber" tanks, rather than sticking with tried and true designs (like Pz. IV and Pz. V) that were much cheaper and reliable.

Still, technical marvels like the King Tiger have to be respected both as impressive pieces of engineering and as a symbol of the resolve of the German people to fight to the end.
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brenfoot Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
actually there were more t34's produced in WWII and the Pershing was only available in an extremely small quantity's though the total was like 50-100 at that point and please note im an american y is this in finland
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CrimsonHussar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Artist
Ah the King Tiger.

Some historians might say this is a masterpiece.

I on the other hand find this tank to be an over-engineered waste of steel and gasoline. It was impractical, and heavy. A big gun and thick armor doesn't equal a successful weapon. I would rather have a Panther than a Konigtiger.
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badchess Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Awesome. "Winter war" museum? This in Finland?
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Wolfenkrieger Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
La Gleize Belgium , this tank never was knocked by Americans Troops , was abandoned by the crew for mechanical problems.
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Panzerdog1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
my neighbor drives one of those things
I don't think the Gas milage is so good
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ConnorSwift Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Where'd u see that!? I want to see it!
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Wolfenkrieger Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
This tank was one of all equipement abandoned in La Gleize ;
47 SPW halftracks , 7 Panzer IV , 13 Panther , 6 Tiger II , 6 Bisons , 3 Puma , 1 Flak halftrack , 2 halftrack vehicles , 4 Russian 120mm mortars , 1 Flakpanzer IV , 1 Steyr truck , 1 Schwimmwagen , 1 Ketten Krad , 1 BWM Bike , 3 Steyr 1500 , 1 Pak 75 mm , 1 flak cannon , 1 US Jeep captured , 1 Dodge captured , 1 Dodge ambulance and 1 truck.
The Tiger II on display outside the La Gleize Museum was one of the six left behind by Kampfgruppe Peiper.
This 68 ton tank had a road speed of 35 kmh, and a range of 170 km. It was armed with a 88mm KwK 43, and was proteced by 150mm of armour at the front, and up to 185mm on the turret.
As such there were few allied guns that could hope to knock it out, and most of those left behind in the Ardennes had either shed a track, broken down or run out of fuel.
In La Gleize one of the captured Tiger IIs was used as target practice by US troops once the village had been retaken. They fired bazooka after bazooka round at it - none penetrated!

This one was restored some years ago, the main gun being damaged. It was repainted, but the original tank number, '213' was keep. Vehicle 213 was part of 501st Abteilung, commanded by Dollinger, and was abandoned in front of the town hall. It was moved to its present site in 1951.
visit , Acthung Panzer! web site.
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MilaEighteen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Ah, the good ol' King Tiger... If Fritzi'd had more a' these, hell, they might have won the war. (provided they also had Me262s by 1943, and conquered Moscow and Stalingrad, and won the war in Africa, etc.) Many people think this thing was a war-changing vehicle. It was certainly powerful, but lacked in terms of simplicity and reliability.
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Wolfenkrieger Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
NO , different tanks existed for different tactics and tasks ,
The official History always are only politic storys of winners.
In the Allied paraphernalia seeks to impose the panther and tigers like common tanks or some waste of resources of Crazy People but for one reason true Militar Sources and fans admire more to the Germans , in 1957 the IDF conducted a study with military writers , veterans , generals and High Comand of the NATO , for real Militar Pages the German Army are the best of WW1 and WW2 , the Waffen SS are the best Elite Forces in the Israeli survey of 1957 , this facts are the result of military studies to teach how to make war in the most effective form.
Germany lost against numerical supremacy two Wars , but remember in 1939/1940 the Single French Army are Superior to Germany in Equipement , Numbers and Resources , in 1941 the Red Army too and preparing an offensive against Germany , the second day of Barbarossa there was no surprise and were still superior the Russian forces , only the Superior Tactics give the victory to the Germans.
The Best Generals , Best Soldiers and the Best German industry effort could defeat to France , Great Britain and Rusia on Europe if U.S. had not sent resources to Rescue GB and Rusia later , many allied tanks only fight vs Effective Crews on Panzers 4 the real spinal tap of Panzer Waffe and Allied crews win the Battles whit superior air suport.
The need to avoid another NS goverment need tales of Stupid people making the most dificult battle to Capitalist and Communist ,these Germans of "Combat" die and die but still were not defeated in weeks.
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MilaEighteen Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Look, I have nothing against the Wehrmacht and SS (excepting, naturally, ther odious, odious politics), and I build models of them all the time.

Yes, what you are saying is most likely true. However, it just proves my own point. The Germans lost because (especially in the later years) they could not produce their complicated, temperamental, machines in enough numbers. Tanks like the King Tigers were constantly breaking down, and there was never enough to turn the tide of the war. The Germans were well ahead of their time in terms of tactics, etc., but like the French-- it would be their downfall.
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Comicslaughterer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They had even more interesting and superior weapons.
You said you build models of their weaponary and vehicles?
Then you should know the V-weapons like the V1-flying bomb or the V2-Rocket.
Their technique was so good, the american took Braun, the invetor of the V2 with them to amerika and made him the leader of their own rocketbuilding program.
These are mostly known facts but one interesting thing most people donīt know is:
They even got plans for stealth jets!
They didnīt build them but experts told, if they would have they could have change the war.
There were tho models of them, hunter and bombers. And with their stealth and their jet engines the britian people would have got a warning time around less then 5 minutes.
And then their planes would have been way too slow to fight them.
And who got this technique after war?
The americans!
They took this with them too and mysteriously after they did this the UFO seeings in the USA raised.
It could be this way, that the american UFOs had been really german stealth jets.
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MilaEighteen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Oh yeah. Everyone knows about the Horten flying wings and the German plan to build an jet-powered, eight-engine flying wing with enough range to get from Munich to New York and back.

The Germans had some pretty crazy plans, all right.
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Comicslaughterer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Crazy, from the point of view maybe...
For this time I think incredible high technique plans
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MilaEighteen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Of course. The Allies only won due to mass production of admittedly inferior weapons.
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Comicslaughterer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amerika sent 52000 shermans against 6000 german tanks
right?
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schau Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
You forgot the Lucy circle that sent critical info before almost all the battles. Many operations didn't go well because of them. Templars and Capitalists now make interesting stories about the defeat. I really liked your comment Wolfenkrieger!
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DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
That is one hell of a tank
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rikkisango Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
ya!! this makes the big holes!!!
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SKF-Lager Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
its in belgim there stans more Tanks like that some Amerikans too mhh i dont weher this is but saw this one often
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madboy1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
wow the king of tigers lol
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Knocking out a Tiger II was no easy feat - Unless the monster ran out of fuel, which was comment at the end of WW2.

A classic photo of a classic tank...(prefer the Panther though!)
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kar98k Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Under this sun no shadows will fall
Piercing our eyes as we charge
An armoured battalion on course to the east
Closing the end of it's march

This time we're here to finish a job
Started a decade ago
Driving the animals out of their holes
To bury them 6 feet below
Armoured tanks of mass destruction
Killers in the east
Rats who dares to stand before us
Feel our guns go live
Death in the shape of a panzer battalion
Insect of terror don't run face your fate like a
Man cannot outrun our panzer battalion

Thousands of tons of armour and guns
Making it's way through the sand
Our panzer battalion is back for revenge
Artillery sweeping the land

First strike is ours no mercy is shown
There's rivers of blood in our track
Breaking their waves of defence with our tanks
Infantry watching our back

Blow their SAM sites clear for air strike
Ready for the storm
Minefields swept there's no surrender
Feel our napalm burn

Under this sun no shadows will fall
Piercing our eyes as we charge
An armoured battalion on course to the east
Has reached the end of it's march

Armoured tanks of mass destruction
Killers in the east
Rats who dares to stand before us
Feel our guns go live

Panzer battalion
Insect of terror don't run face your fate like a man
Panzer battalion
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jano233 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HELLO FELLOW SABATON FAN :headbang:
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billybob70 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Great shot with the Henschel turret. Was the Zimmerit still on it?
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someonething Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
If I was Uber rich I'd have a massive collection of those in my equally Massive mansion.
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DarthT15 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
i found out that the producer was henschel who happnedt to have their design chosen over porsche's.
porsche was confident enough for their design that they produced 50 turrets before the winner was annonced.
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ChaseHoward88 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
German engineering.
Although it probably didnt get "knocked out"
it most likely ran out of gas. Im most respects realisticly this machine is quite impervious to all weaponry at the time. Unless of course an airstrike which was its only weakness. But as far as tank vs tank, its practically unstoppible. Especialy knowing that it has the long barrel 88mm high velocity cannon. The best anti tank weapon of the war... (excluding a few guns that had a charge and a round that need to be loaded i seperaley)
This tanks weakness was its abvious streanth in that it was heavy and heavely engineerd therefor shrinking production levels and speed.
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MiShiMaYuRi0 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
I'll correct you - they saw action earlier in Poland, then in Hungary against Soviet Army. First Soviet contact with them was under Staszow at Aug 13-14 1944. I
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MiShiMaYuRi0 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
It was a real tank battle between King Tigers and IS-2s and it was REALLY painful for Tigers...
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RevolutionRising Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
It' s gut, der König zu sein. Bravo for finding the damn thing
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MaxiTehFox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
HOLY GERMAN ARTILLERY!!!
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lookinsideyourart Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Mein gott!! Das Koenigstiger ist der shizzle lol


great pic =D
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Katsuyo-Sinuji Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Beautiful machine
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vikingravenfuehrer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
I WANT A LEGION OF THEM!

Is this La Gleize, Belgium?
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trulyonetoo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
why? one modern tank would take out the whole lot. she was the bad ass of her day though.
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vikingravenfuehrer Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
I doubt it,
it's still a formidable piece of machinery ;)
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trulyonetoo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Майната му
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