Tank Destroyer vs. King Tiger

Two photographs of Tiger IIs destroyed by the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion from “The Employment of Four Tank Destroyer Battalions in the ETO,” The Armored School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 1950.

Destroyed Tiger II --  Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. B Königstiger

Tank knocked out by 823rd TD Battalion (equipped with 3-inch towed guns) shows ineffectiveness of hits on front glacis plate of Tiger II. At a range of 500 yards, frontal hits merely gouged out armor and ricocheted off. A track hit only partially severed the track, which did break completely as the tank attempted to back up.

Knocked-out King Tiger (Panzer VI, Tiger II Destroyed, 1944)

Two rounds in same hole on side of tank knocked out by 1st Platoon, Company A, 823rd TD Battalion.

At least one of these Tiger II is from schwere Panzer Abteilung 506 (sPzAbt. 506) and was lost near Freialdenhoven, Germany.

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4 comments to Tank Destroyer vs. King Tiger

  • PMan

    Interesting fotos of the Tiger IIs near Freialdenhoven. Is the caption saying that 2 antitank shots went through the same hole in the side of the turret. I thought other photos showed a second hole in the side of the chassis. I haven’t seen the top photo before, but it looks like the same field.

  • Panzerz

    The Tiger II was huge! Looks like a big squat armored turtle.

  • tiger-tank

    The tow cable arrangement and the foliage on the 88mm gun barrel match s.Pz.Abt. 506 King Tiger tanks.

  • TDP

    Score two Tigers for the TDs.