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German SdKfz. 9 halftrack vehicle towing a Panzer VI Tiger I heavy tank in preparation for Operation Zitadelle, near Kursk, Russia, Jun 1943

Caption   German SdKfz. 9 halftrack vehicle towing a Panzer VI Tiger I heavy tank in preparation for Operation Zitadelle, near Kursk, Russia, Jun 1943 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 101I-022-2926-11A
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PzKpfw VI Ausf. E 'Tiger I'   Main article  Photos  
Battle of Kursk   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 20 Jun 1943
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 27 Jan 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Feb 2011 02:15:59 PM

CRIPPLED TIGER: The two half-tracks towing Tiger 114 are the Sd.Kfz.9s, known as (Famo) about 2500 were built. The German army used the vehicle for many different duties as a prime mover for the 24cm gun and the 8.8 flak 18. It also doubled at times as a tank recovery vehicle, it had enough power to tow the Panzer Mk IV but, when needed to tow the Tiger, Panther or a King Tiger four Sd.Kfz were needed. Tiger commanders were forbidden by regulation to tow a crippled Tiger, the towing Tigers engine would overheat, and led to breakdowns you have the situation, where you lost two Tigers, but I'm sure crews didn't leave a Tiger abandoned, and towed it under certain conditions. THE BERGEPANZER-TIGER: Three Bergepanzers were built in Sept. 1943 as Tiger Recovery Vehicles, equipped with a derrick crane mounted in a center superstructure with rams, timber beams, towing chains, and other pioneer tools. armed with one or two 7.92mm machine guns, but I'm sure crews carried what was needed and a lot of ammo to feed those machine guns.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Feb 2015 04:31:21 PM

Another photograph I have identifies Tiger 114 being towed by same three Sd.Kfz.9s, looks like another photograph taken from the right side of the road.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Tony Smith says:
20 Jun 2016 11:31:02 AM

Looks like there are 2 SdKfz. 9's pulling the tiger
4. Anonymous says:
8 Jul 2018 07:23:16 PM

I read once 200,000 man hours of labor went into a single tiger's construction. approx 2000 hours recorded by a single laborer working a 5 day 40 hour week. triple that and you have a 100 men working 4 months (3 shifts/day @ 5 days a week allowing 2 "off" days a week for disruptions)on a single tiger

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