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Tiger II Intel

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Military Mission in the USSR
Moscow
August 25th, 1944

To the Chief of External Affairs of the NKO, Major General Mister V.N. Yevstigneev

We have received a report on a new type of Tiger tank weighing 67 tons with serial number P280637 captured in northern France.

This tank is of typical German design with a rear engine and front gearbox, turning mechanism, and final drives.

Visually it resembles a large Panther tank. Its armour is made from the same type of cut and welded plates.

Attachment A includes a detailed description of the tank. I would be grateful for any data regarding the use of this tank on the Soviet-German front.

We will send you details and photographs as soon as they are received from England.

Brinkman
Colonel, General Staff, Head of Army Section, British Military Mission in the USSR.

Details of the new Tiger tank:
  • Mass: 67 tons
  • Overall height: 122 inches
  • Height to upper platform: 70"
  • Height of turret: 36"
  • Height of commander's cupola: 16"
  • Overall width: 143.5"
  • Width of the hull tub: 76.2"
  • Width of the superstructure, upper portion, front: 102.5"
  • Width of the superstructure, lower portion, front: 117.5"
  • Width of the superstructure, upper portion, rear: 113.5"
  • Width of the superstructure, lower portion, rear: 125.5"
  • Overall length: 286"
  • Length of the front sloped plate: 51.5"
  • Length of the muzzle brake: 23.5"
  • Width of the turret base: 99"
  • Turret ring diameter: 78 3/8"
  • Diameter of the turret ring gear: 73"
The turret can turn 360 degrees and is paired with the turret platform. The front of the turret is rounded and has an opening on the right side for a monocular sight and on the left for a machine gun. There are no other openings in the sides. A large rectangular hatch with a pistol port is present in the back, the same port as used on the Panther tank. The commander's cupola is of the same type as used on latest Tiger tanks. It has 7 openings for periscopes and is installed on the left side of the turret. In the front and left parts of the turret there are openings for an episcope. A round hatch is installed in the middle of the rear part of the turret.

Armour

Thickness

Angle

Front turret

80 mm

Rounded

Turret rear and sides

80 mm

25 degrees

Turret roof

42 mm

Front portion is horizontal, rear is tilted at 5 degrees

Side superstructure

80 mm

25 degrees

Superstructure roof

42 mm

Horizontal

Sloped plate

150 mm

40-45 degrees

Front plate

150 mm

55 degrees

Tub sides

80 mm

Vertical

Tub rear

80 mm

25 degrees

The armour plates are connected and welded in the same way as on the Panther tank.

Suspension

The suspension is composed of nine individual torsion bars per side. The road wheels are large, paired, with steel rims and rubber bushings, tightly packed together. The track is supported by the same wheels while it returns. No return rollers are used. The wheels are in two rows: five outer and four inner.
  • Height of the drive sprocket from ground: 29 "
  • Height of the center of a wheel: 21.5"
  • Contact surface length: 160"
  • Number of track links: 90
  • Main track pitch: 150 mm
  • Connecting track pitch: 100 mm
To improve ground traction, every other track link has five cleats made from 0.5" thick steel plates.

Armament

The main gun is an 8.8 cm KWK 43 tank gun in a large mantlet that turns in relation to the front of the turret. A model 43 coaxial machine gun is used. Another machine gun of the same type is installed in the front sloped plate like on latest Panther tanks.

Vision device

In addition to the episcope opening in the roof, there is an opening for a driver's periscope in the right side of the superstructure. 

Engine

We have not received information about the engine, but based on the engine deck it is also an HL 230 type like on the Panther. The gearbox has eight forward gears."


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