The Jagdtiger is a German heavy tank destroyer that saw combat with the Wehrmacht on the Western and Eastern Fronts from 1944 to the end of World War II
About this creation
The Jagdtiger ("Hunting Tiger") is the common name of a German tank destroyer of World War II. The official German designation was Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B. The ordnance inventory designation was Sd. Kfz. 186. It saw service in small numbers from late 1944 to the end of the war on both the Western and Eastern Front. The Jagdtiger was the heaviest armored fighting vehicle operationally used during World War II. Due to an excessive weight the Jagdtiger was continuously plagued with mechanical problems.
This model is the result of about four hours of work. Hull and treads made by Lego 4 Life.
Capitalizing on the success of the StuG III tank destroyer, the German leadership decided to construct a bigger and more powerful tank destroyer. Adolf Hitler ordered that the 128mm gun be utilized in the tank destroyer role, rather than for infantry support.
On October 20, 1943 a wooden mockup was constructed on a Tiger II chassis, and presented to Hitler in East Prussia. Two prototypes were produced; a version with the eight road wheel Porsche suspension system and a version with the Henschel nine overlapping wheel suspension system, as used on the production Tiger II, were completed in February 1944. It was originally designated as Jagdpanzer VI, but was later named the Jagdtiger
The Jagdtiger was extremely expensive to produce. Out of the 150 initially ordered, only 88 were produced before Germany's surrender. It was crewed by six, a driver, commander, gunner, communications officer, bow machine gunner and loader.
The Jagdtiger was powered by a V-12 Maybach HL 230 P30 650hp engine with a power/weight ratio of 9.75 PS/tonne. However, due to the Jagdtiger's ungodly weight of 71 tonnes, the Jagdtiger only had a top speed if 34km/h. Jagdtiger had a cruising range of 120km on road, and only 80km offroad.
A massive 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 gun was the Jagdtiger's main armament, capable of defeating any tank fielded in World War II, even at very long ranges (over 3,500 m (2.2 mi)). The main gun mount had a limited traverse of only 10 degrees; the entire vehicle had to be turned to aim outside that narrow field of fire. A 7.92mm MG34 was mounted on the bow of the Jagdtiger to protect itself from infantry. More often then not, the Jagdtiger greatest threat was the Jagdtiger itself.
The Jagdtiger suffered from a variety of mechanical and technical problems due to its immense weight and under-powered engine. The vehicle had frequent breakdowns; ultimately more Jagdtigers were lost to mechanical problems or lack of fuel than to enemy action.