The Greatest Tank of WWII was the Tiger I??
Maybe the best KNOWN overall, and the most notorious, but far from the greatest. This tank was designed as a 30-ton tank (later upgraded to 45 tons) but still came in between 56 and 62 tons; it was underpowered and poorly suited for any kind of mobility battle. Tanks are weapons of the offensive; this tank was not equipped for that type of warfare (remember Blitzkrieg?), nor was it well suited for “cornfield meets” at 500 meters or less.
Panzer IV knocked out in the Falaise Pocket
Elefant after being hit by a 152-mm shell
Fantastic picture of 3 panzers in a bomb damaged repair shop. What’s really interesting with this picture is the range of vehicles. In the background there is a Panther in the middle is a late version of the panzer IV with extra armor fitted around the turret. In the foreground there is a panzer III
German Elefant tank destroyer in the streets of Naples
The Battle of the Bulge 16 December 1944 – 28 January 1945: A shattered German tank, its turret torn off by anti-tank fire, symbolising the ferocity of the American defence of their positions at Bastogne, the key town in the Ardennes. The tank’s chassis has been ripped open by the explosion exposing the power plant and the main gearbox in the foreground.
Jagdtiger number 131 of the PzJgAbt 653 Schwetzingen 1945
A pioneer column of the 2nd SS was destroyed near Roncey in Operation Cobra. Photo taken in the late July 1944, an overturned Sdkfz 251 in the foreground, then a destroyed Panzer IV number 779, another Sdkfz 251 number 104, and more SPW abandoned on this field
Panzer Pz.Kpfw. V «Panther» (Panzerkampfwagen V Panther, PzKpfw V «Panther”) of the 2nd SS Division “Das Reich”, which was destroyed by soldiers of the 289th Regiment of the 75th Infantry Division of the U.S. near Grandmenil, Belgium. Location: Grandmenil, Belgium Time taken: 30/12/1944
Tank ace Michael Wittman’s Tiger was finally destroyed in Normandy 8 August 1944. Wittman was killed in the encounter having inflicted numerous damage on the allies his time was eventually up and he was called to the heavenly bar to account for his life on earth.
The Germans (apparently) blew this Maus up rather than hand it over to the Russians. You can see that enough was left to provide sufficient information to rebuild it, as long as you had a few cranes handy and a whole lot of steel.