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History of the Tiger 131 before Bovington?


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Ivan_Moscavich #1 Posted Oct 08 2017 - 03:02

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So I was just rewatching some episodes of World War II in Colour on Netflix, and I saw something interesting in episode 8, the Soviet Steamroller.

 

During the first quarter of the episode, at about the 11:20 minute mark I saw on the left side LFP of the tiger 1 where it says right there "131".


 

Is this the same Tiger that ended up in bovington?

 

Edit: Tried to take a screenshot, but Netflix just blacks out whenever I bring up my snipping tool. How very unhelpful of them.

 

Edit 2: Found a youtube link of the episode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWpJd6FtLQA The Tiger in question is at the 11:19 minute mark of the video.


Edited by Ivan_Moscavich, Oct 08 2017 - 03:04.


TwixOps #2 Posted Oct 08 2017 - 03:07

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Tiger 131, which currently is on display in Bovington is famously the first functioning tiger captured by the British in North Africa.  Standing orders at the time were for all German tank crews to destroy their tank before bailing out to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.  As I recall, Tiger 131 was fired upon by some light guns before having its' turret jammed by a Churchill round getting stuck between its' turret and hull.  for whatever reason, the crew didn't set the demolition charges before dismounting, so the tank was recovered the next day by the British.  

Ivan_Moscavich #3 Posted Oct 08 2017 - 03:13

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That would have been well before the soviet counter offensive later that year and into 44.

 

So why would two German Tiger 1's both have 131 on them? This seems strange to me.



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View PostIvan_Moscavich, on Oct 08 2017 - 14:13, said:

That would have been well before the soviet counter offensive later that year and into 44.

 

So why would two German Tiger 1's both have 131 on them? This seems strange to me.

 

Probably something to do with the existence of separate units, divisions, etc. Over 1300 Tiger 1s were manufactured (some sources say around 1500). They weren't numbered sequentially across all divisions like 1298, 1299, 1300...

Ivan_Moscavich #5 Posted Oct 08 2017 - 13:20

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View PostSacherMasoc, on Oct 07 2017 - 21:00, said:

 

Probably something to do with the existence of separate units, divisions, etc. Over 1300 Tiger 1s were manufactured (some sources say around 1500). They weren't numbered sequentially across all divisions like 1298, 1299, 1300...

 

That's not something I was aware of.

 

I figured they were numbered in batches and sent to whichever division they were being procured for.  So out of the factory they would be named 1298, 1299, 1300, etc.


 

Of course it could be like the Russians where they had at least three different numbers for every piece of equipment.



The_Chieftain #6 Posted Oct 10 2017 - 02:49

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That one actually looked like a serial number, not a tactical marking.

 

However, there may well be multiple Tiger 131s in the Bovington sense, as that's a tactical marking. 1st company, 3rd Platoon, 1st Tank. Unless a unit deviated from the 'norm', which some did, multiple units, thus, could have a Tiger 131.






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