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An American posing with a captured Tiger I tank, near Tunis, North Africa, circa early 1943

Caption   An American posing with a captured Tiger I tank, near Tunis, North Africa, circa early 1943 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army
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PzKpfw VI Ausf. E 'Tiger I'   Main article  Photos  
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 26 May 2007

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1. David Byrden says:
22 Jun 2009 11:08:50 AM

This Tiger, manufacturing serial number 250031, was taken to the USA and displayed at an outdoor museum.
The right side of the turret has taken a hit and the damage has been repaired, as per the manual, with a welded square plate. The shot did not penetrate but did cause spalling (flying steel shards) within the vehicle.
2. Bill says:
9 Feb 2011 07:59:50 PM

David thanks for your information, glad to
read other comments.

The information that I have lists hull numbers 250022 through numbers 250039 built between October 1942 with ten and two Versuchsserie Tigers accepted.

November 1942 with Seventeen accepted, so hull number 250031 is in the production list.
Would like to hear from you again. I have a
large library glad I can use it for ww2db
The Tiger could be the one on display at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA.
My caption would have

3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
8 Dec 2012 01:53:47 PM


Continued from comment #2 dated 9 Feb 2011.
Tiger number 712 Vehicle was abandoned by crew for reasons unknown, and was assigned to s.PzAbt.501 captured by US Army in Tunis North Afrika May 1943. Officer standing in the commanders hatch, could very well be Colonel Jarrett, this is only my guess.


US Army Colonel George Burling Jarett had it shipped back to the Aberdeen Proving Ground USA, for testing.
This Tiger was on display at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland USA, and is now on long term loan to Germany and undergoing further restoration.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Dec 2014 03:38:26 PM


Continued from comment #3 this vehicle was shipped back to the United States for testing. Tiger 712 was assigned to s.Pz.Abt 501 when captured Tunis, North Africa. After WWII is was on display for decades at the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground located in Maryland USA.


In 1989 it was returned to Germany to be restored and displayed on long term loan. The Tiger will now remain indefinitely in Germany.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Dec 2014 01:52:38 PM


Another Tiger that was captured in Tunisia in 1943 was number 131 of 3rd Platoon, 1st Kompanie sPzAbt.504 was hit by three rounds from British Churchill tanks from "A" squadron, 4 troop, 48th Royal Tank Regiment one round jamming the turret.
The crew for unknown reasons abandoned the tank
this was enough time for the British to capture
a Tiger tank in running order.


Tiger 131 was shipped back to England tested and evaluated. After tests the Tiger was put into storage and later transferred to the Bovington Tank Museum. After being on display for years, the Tiger tank project was started in 1999, after years of work, to restore this vehicle, the museum has the only running Tiger tank in the world.

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