Nevertheless, for the production design was chosen vk 4501 (N1). Since late July – early August 1942 to May 1943 city of assembly lines by “Henschel & Son ag have gone 285 new tank design E. Aders. Thus began the production of the legendary PzKpfw vi Tiger Ausf hi (SdKfz 181), who later called the “Tiger PzKpfw vi Ausf E, or the Tiger I . The project is a Porsche, its huge disappointment in the series production run was not, but his 90 chassis, already made by the Austrian “Nibelungenverke, were subsequently sent to the firm” Alkett “which served to create new military vehicles. On Chassis vk 4501 (P) is set fully armored wheelhouse placed aft. In the cockpit was mounted 88-mm long-barreled gun Cancer 43 / 2 L/71. Two 10-cylinder gasoline engine Porsche replaced by two “Maybach hl 120 trm total capacity of 600 liters. with. As a result, the light of a new heavy tank destroyer 8.8 cm Jagdpanzer Tiger (P) SdKfz 184, named after its creator Ferdinand (Ferdinand). Somewhat later, this “simple” name was changed to a resounding Elefant (Elephant” – Elephant). 65-ton “Elephant” with a 200-mm frontal armor and a formidable 88 mm gun was indeed a terrible weapon. For the first time acs Elefant SdKfz 184 were employed in 1943 at the Battle of Kursk, which immediately proved to be very dangerous opponents, especially at large distances.
” But back to the Tigers. The first mention of the new German tanks appeared in the report of the service of scientific and technical intelligence in the uk February 1941 The paper reported on the establishment of a new German 45-ton tank with maximum thickness of armor in 75 mm, two long-barreled 20-mm guns and 4 machine guns. It was also reported that the length of the new tank is 36 feet, width – 10 feet, and height – 6. In addition, the machine can reach a maximum speed 25 miles per hour and an 18-man crew (though, the speaker carefully observed that this figure may well be somewhat overstated and modestly offered to reduce it to 13). Do not even know what that report more – fruits inflamed imagination of the author, too much evidence of the effectiveness of Nazi propaganda or confused reminiscences on the German railways monsters of the First World War! Fortunately, soon everything fell into place. 11 December 1942 in the German press has the first pictures of new tanks. These were pictures of “Tigers” of 501 heavy battalion, briskly marching through the streets of Tunis.