Variants of the Tiger
Including the Tiger II
Of all the tanks produced by the Germans
during World War II, the Tiger is probably the most famous. Mounting
the dreaded "88" which was used so effectively by Rommel against
the British infantry tanks, and armored to withstand any allied
anti-tank gun, the Tiger inspried fear in opposing crews. The Tiger I
was designed before the advantages of sloped armor had been realized
by the Germans, and it was far from a perfect vehicle. Yet the Tiger
had a psychological effect which went far beyond its capabilities. To
green troops, every German tank became a "Tiger."
The Tiger II was developed as a replacement for the
Tiger I heavy tank. It used a larger, more-powerful 8.8cm gun. Sloped
armor was also integrated into the design. Numerous examples were
encountered by the Allies in Normandy.
Very few variants of the Tiger I and Tiger II were
produced (though there are numerous "paper projects"). There were,
however, numerous prototypes which led up to to the Tiger I and
Tiger II. Therefore this section will tend to focus on prototype
designs more than some of the other sections of this page.
12.8cm Selbstfahrlafette L/61
Porsche Type 100, VK 3001(P)
VK 4501(P), Tiger (P)
VK 4502(P), Panzerkampfwagen "Tiger" P2