PzKw VI Ausf E Tiger at Vimoutiers (1944)
One of the Tigers which was attempting to retreat out of the encirclement at the Falaise Gap . Many Tigers suffered drivetrain failures during the retreat and most were abandoned on the banks of the river Seine because all the bridges had been destroyed. Most wrecked tanks were cleared from the battlefield in the year after the war. Contracts had already been awarded to French scrap dealers before D-Day and there was litigation subsequently due to disputes over who owned what. The scrap metal was valuable because of the great shortage of raw materials on both sides of Europe. This Tiger was saved from the smelter because it had been pushed off the road down the lip of a steep bank. There was no engine powerful enough to pull it back up the bank and the woods behind it prevented it from being pulled downwards. There is stayed until the early Eighties when an attempt was made to remove it and scrap it. There was an outcry among the locals who refused to let the Tiger suffer this fate. The Tiger was pulled out and a place made for it next to the road.
1975. This was the Tiger in its original position. The road is behind the camera, uphill to the right of frame.
The Tiger as it is today. Downhill is behind the camera. The bank where the Tiger rested for decades is to the left of frame.
Most of the following photographs were taken in the latter half of the 1990s. There are some more photographs taken in the 2000s and if I find them I will put them on this page.
The view back down the hill toward the battlefields.
The front of the turret and the mantle.
Tiger breaking cover toward you. This must have been a terrifying sight on the battlefield.
Tracks, idler wheels and drive sprocket
The front of the turret, mantlet, and deck showing gunners observation hatch and commanders cupola.
Hull machine gun port, drivers vision port and hatch.
The turret from the rear showing commanders cupola and drivers hatch.
The rear engine deck and radiator covers
The commander's cupola and extractor fan outlet.
Gunner's hatch and extractor fan outlet.
The gun mantlet and base of the barrel from above.
PzKw VI Tiger from the front left.
PzKw VI Tiger from the left rear. Left rear wheel may have been damaged.
PzKw VI Tiger from the right rear. Exhausts are missing.
PzKw VI Tiger from the left rear.
PzKw VI Tiger from the front right
PzKw VI Tiger from the lower front left. The Tiger was down the bank in the woods to the left of frame for decades.
PzKw VI Tiger from the right rear.
PzKw VI Tiger mantle and glacis plate.Manufacturers numbers are visible.
PzKw VI Tiger showing gunners port and drivers vision slit and blocks.
PzKw VI Ausf E Tiger front elevation
+ SEE ALSO
- PzKw Tiger Ausf B Königstiger at La Gleize in Belgium
- Michael Wittmann
- Jochen Peiper
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