Germany’s Tiger Tanks VK45.02 to Tiger II
Germany’s Tiger Tanks VK45.02 to Tiger II covers the development of the Tiger II, from the VK 45.02(P) and VK 45.03(H) to the modifications under design for the Tiger II at the end of the war. All of this is illustrated with scale drawings by Hilary Doyle combined with drawings, sketches, and photographs depicting external modifications and internal views.
Over twenty years of intensive research went into finding the original documents needed to create this new history of the Tiger’s development, characteristics, and tactical capabilities. Tom Jentz has conducted an exhaustive search for surviving records of the design/assembly firms (including Henschel, Krupp, Nibelungenwerk, Porsche, and Wegmann), the Heeres-Waffenamt, the D656 series of manuals on the Tiger, and the war diaries and operations reports from the German units. The written records were supplemented by examining thousands of photos.
On-sight research into almost all the surviving Tigers provided details that could only be obtained from actual vehicles. New information was found on the evolution of the heavy tank series, the key decisions on the design of the Tigers, the significant modifications made during the production runs, production statistics, the Tigers’ characteristics and tactical capabilities, an exact accounting of the issue of the Tigers to the combat units, and combat accounts written directly after the actions.
- Chapter 4: PANZERKAMPFWAGEN “TIGER” P2
- Chapter 5: TIGER II DEVELOPMENT
- Chapter 6: PANZERKAMPFWAGEN TIGER AUSF.B
Tiger II Production
Modifications During Production
Modifications After Issue.
Modifications Under Development.
Appendix A1: Porsche “Tiger P2” Proposals
Appendix A2: Porsche Design Data
Appendix B1: Data for Panzerkampfwagen “Tiger I!”
Appendix B2: Tiger B Technical Specifications.
Appendix C: Part Numbers for Turrets
Appendix D: Armor Specifications