TIGER E development (VK 45.01 P + VK 45.01 H)
On May 26, 1941, a meeting was held to discuss the problems to counteract the British guns and tanks and what could be the most effective solution. At that meeting was Adolf Hitler, who advocated the development of heavy tanks already started by Henschel and Porsche, so that in the summer of 1942 there would be 6 units of each firm ready for testing. The new tank would have 100mm front and 60mm side armour and would retain the 88mm KwK gun from the Porsche prototype, although orders were given to upgrade it to match Rheinmetall’s Flak 41 model. This meeting would eventually become the embryo of the mythical “Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf E (Sd Kfz 181)”, known worldwide as “the Tiger tank”.
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