Tiger Tank

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On the 2nd of December URB released a preview video detailing drastic changes to the Tiger Tank. View the video here.
Axis Unit
Tiger Tank
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Equipment:
Main Gun, Coax, Mounted MG-42 Gunner, right next to the main gun
Average stats:
Health Rifle Exp
3000 1 20
Morale Speed Priority
N/A 8 px/s N/A
Specialties:
Description:
A feared enemy. It has a huge main gun and a mounted MG-42 Gunner who cannot be shot out by bullets.
"This is a Tiger I heavy tank. It emphasized on firepower and armor at the expense of mobility."
— Official game quote

The Panzerkampfwagen VI "Tiger I" is the second most feared enemy, only beaten by the Wespe. It has a huge main gun that can blast bunkers and a MG-42 that can't be shot out by bullets.

Its job is to destroy your bunkers and other constructions with its massive main gun, while the MG-42 Gunner on its top will squeeze bullets on your infantry.

In patch 2.3, the Bazooka's effectiveness against Tiger tanks was significantly reduced; Urb has stated that they will now take 6x the damage to kill. Shermans and AT guns will still destroy them in 1 hit.

The good news is that it doesn't appear commonly, so usually you have much time to prepare for one. Additionally, the Tiger tank has a large hitbox.

How do I kill it?

  1. Around 6 bazooka rounds will kill it.
  2. An AT gun shot will put it out of commission quick.
  3. Use Anti-Tank Mines, only one is needed to take a Tiger out. Same goes with regular mines.
  4. A Bomb Drop or arty will work too.
  5. Due to its large hitbox, bazookas will take it out (with multiple shots). Sadly, the 'Indestructible bunker' no longer works as of patch 2.3, so don't try it.

Real Life

Arguably the most famous tank in history, the Tiger I, also known as the Panzer VI (Type "E", while the Tiger II was VI type "B"), was a heavy tank fitted with the KwK 36 88 mm flak (Axis first tank wielding 88mm gun, what was extremely effective against both tanks and aircraft), which boasted excellent penetration. Its frontal armor was practically impenetrable by 76mm armed T34s and 75mm armed Shermans. However, the Tiger I proved vulnerable to breaking down and running out of fuel, and made a rather subpar offensive tank. It was basically a mobile pillbox, it had two layers of wheels since the chassis was so heavy. Near the end of the war an even bigger tank called the Tiger II (King Tiger) was developed. They were very hard to manufacture.

Their production started during late 1942 as an answer to the unexpectedly formidable Soviet armor encountered in the initial months of Operation Barbarossa, particularly the T-34 and the KV-1. During the course of the war, the Tiger I saw combat on all German battlefronts. It was usually deployed in independent tank battalions, which proved to be quite formidable.

While the Tiger I was feared by many of its opponents, it was over-engineered, used expensive and labor intensive materials and production methods, and was time-consuming to produce. Only 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944. The Tiger was prone to certain types of track failures and immobilization, it was however, generally mechanically somewhat reliable but expensive to maintain and complicated to transport due to its interlocking wheels. In 1944, production was phased out in favor of the Tiger II.

Side note: Hitler also wanted to make a Landkreuzer P-1500 Monster tank, 10 times the size of Tiger I and wielding 2 devastating 11 inch Naval guns. But later it was proven useless and vulnerable to air strikes (somewhat resembling the Tiger I's fate in MnB), as well as completely impractical to produce. None were ever built.

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