Here is a card model of Tiger tank 131 which is in Bovington tank museum.
Back on the move again after 70 years: A mighty Tiger 131 is put through
its paces for anniversary challenge.
its huge cannon and almost impenetrable armour, the German Tiger tank struck
fear into the hearts of Allied troops.
more than 1,300 were produced during the Second World War, this is the only
working example in existence.
131 has been restored to its original wartimespecification after a two-year restoration project costing
2012. Making tracks: Tiger
131 is put through its paces at Bovington Tank Museum
55-ton tank can be seen tackling the tank courseat Bovington Tank Museum
has been fitted with a genuine German Second World War Maybach engineand its fan drives have
been re-engineered from original blueprints. Now it is coaxed into life using a
The Tiger was superior to anything the British and Americans had until
near the end of war.
Rounds from Allied tanks
could not penetrate its thick armour, while its 88mm cannon had huge
destructive power. The tank soon gained legendary status after its introduction
1944. Captured: Army topbrass inspect
the tank in Whitehall.
Tiger 131 has been restored to its original wartimespecification after a two-year
On a roll: The
recent fitting of a vintageMaybach
V12 engine has finally allowed the 55 ton behemoth to rumble once more.
131 was captured following a luckyhit
by a British Churchill tank, belonging to 48 Royal Tank Regiment, in the
Tunisian desert in April, 1943. The shot wedged in the turret ring, rendering
five-man German crew abandoned the Tiger, which was captured intact. Winston
Churchill, who was in Tunisia at the time, had the chance to inspect it.
Tiger was then sent back to Britain so the Allies could look fordesign weaknesses.
It took a painstaking 13-year project to restore
the world's only workingTiger
Tiger 131 was captured by British forces in the
Tunisian desert in April, 1943
was taken to Bovington in 1951. Although museum staff have had the tank moving
before, the old enginekept
Willey, museum curator at Bovington, said: 'The Tiger outmatched anything that
the Allies could field at the time.'
Historic: George VI inspects the captured Tiger
in Africa in 1943.