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King Tiger Penetration Trials

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Results of investigation of the T-6-B (King Tiger) tank to discover weak spots and penetration, carried out on September 2nd, 1944, near the city of Staszow (Poland) by a commission composed of:
  1. Chair: 
    1. Commander of Artillery of the 5th Guards Army, Guards Major General of Artillery V.I. Poluekov
  2. Members:
    1. Commander of the 31st Guards Rifle Corps, Hero of the Soviet Union, Guards Lieutenant General Rodimtsev
    2. Commander of the 155th Novorossiysk Army Cannon Artillery Brigade, Colonel M.A. Tarasov
    3. Commander of the 10th Tank Destroyer Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Bazirenko
    4. Commander of the 31st Tank Corps, Guards Colonel Pleshanov
The results are composed into the following table:
Part of the hull

Gun caliber

Type of ammunition

Range

Angle

Result

Hull and turret platform front

152

HEAT*

250

80

Penetration of the machine gun ball, 350 mm in diameter.


46

70 mm deep dent 230 mm in diameter.

122

HEAT

300


65 mm deep dent

85

AP

200

46

50 mm deep dent 170 mm in diameter

Turret front

57

APCR

200

75

165 mm deep dent, 70 mm in diameter

Turret side

152

HEAT*

1200

70

Penetration, entrance diameter is 200 mm

250

86

Penetration of armour and opposite side. Entrance diameter: 190 mm. Exit diameter: 840 mm

85

AP

200

86

Penetration, entrance diameter is 170 mm

Hull side

152

HEAT*

465

85

Penetration of armour and opposite side. Entrance diameter: 170 mm. Exit diameter: 750 mm

85

AP

400

88

Penetration, entrance diameter is 150 mm

76

APCR

400

88

Penetration, entrance diameter is 40 mm

AP

300

88

75 mm deep dent with a diameter of 84 mm

57

APCR

400

88

Penetration, entrance diameter is 70 mm


AP

400

88

Penetration, entrance diameter is 60 mm

45

APCR

150

80

Penetration, entrance diameter is 30 mm

Conclusions
  1. The front armour cannot be penetrated by 45, 57, 76, 85, 152 mm AP or APCR ammunition.
  2. The side of the tank (side of the superstructure and side of the hull) can be penetrated by:
    1. APCR:
      1. 45 mm from 150 meters.
      2. 76 mm from 300-400 meters.
    2. AP:
      1. 45 mm at 150 meters does not achieve penetration.
      2. 76 mm at 200-300 meters does not achieve penetration.
      3. 85 mm penetrates at 400-600 meters. 
      4. 152 mm penetrates at 1200-1500 meters.
  3. The turret side of the tank can be penetrated by:
    1. APCR:
      1. 45 mm from 150 meters.
      2. 76 mm from 300-400 meters.
    2. AP:
      1. 76 mm at 200 meters does not achieve penetration.
      2. 85 mm penetrates at 400-800 meters. 
      3. 152 mm penetrates at 1200-1500 meters.
  4. The running gear is the most vulnerable part of the tank for all calibers of artillery.
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* 152 mm HEAT was not available at this time, this is likely 152 mm sharp tipped AP.

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