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Surviving German Tiger I Tanks

Six German Tiger I tanks survived World War II and are currently on display in museums or parks.

Aberdeen Tiger This Tiger, originally assigned to the German heavy panzer unit s.Pz.Abt. 501, was captured in North Africa in 1943. The panzer was subsequently shipped by the U.S. Army to Aberdeen Proving Grounds for testing and analysis. (See Yank article.) After the war, the Tiger was displayed at Aberdeen for many years. But as of September 2005, this tank is not at Aberdeen, but is in Europe for restoration.
Bovington Tiger This Tiger was also captured in North Africa. The Tiger was originally assigned to the German heavy panzer unit s.Pz.Abt. 504 with tactical number 131. After capture, the Tiger was shipped back to England for analysis. This Tiger is being restored to running order by The Tank Museum at Bovington. See http://www.tiger-tank.com/ for a journal of the restoration.
Saumur Tiger This late Tiger I was captured in France and is currently on display at Musée des blindés in Saumur, France.
Vimoutiers Tiger This Tiger was destroyed near the town of Vimoutiers, France during the German retreat from Normandy. After the war, the tank was largely forgotten and left to rust in a ditch. In the 1970s, the Tiger was moved to a display in the town, slightly patched, and repainted. This Tiger is in poor condition.
Kubinka Tiger The Russian tank museum at Kubinka houses a surviving rubber-wheeled Tiger in good condition.
Snegiri Tiger Originally used as a target at Russian proving grounds, this heavily damaged Tiger was displayed outdoors at the Lenino-Snegiri Museum of Military History. At one time, the Tiger was apparently moved to a museum in Saratov, Russia.

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