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Gaining a Reputation

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The Tiger tank quickly gained a reputation in Soviet Russia during 1943 and 1944.  The fearsome 88mm gun gave the Tiger a clear reach advantage over its Soviet opponents. 

Often faced by inferior equipment and poorly trained men, German tank crews and individual tank commanders were able to amass impressive combat scores, numbering hundreds of “kills”. 

The concept of the “Tank Ace” was born and ruthlessly exploited for propaganda purposes.  Occasionally just the sight of a German Tiger would make Soviet tanks withdraw.

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Caged Beast
The Tiger had similar success in North Africa and Italy, creating a powerful psychological effect on Allied troops. Just one Tiger often knocked out 10 Allied tanks per engagement. The British finally captured a Tiger intact during 1943. Tiger 131 was shipped back to the UK where it underwent extensive testing.

Today, restored and fully operational Tiger 131 resides at the Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset.

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