Originally Posted by Freibier
But, say if Jerry won on the Eastern front and could afford building a type of heavies for special batallions. What type should they perfer? This big-ass, jagdtiger, köningstiger, Panther II?
With more time to develop gear and engines, making these reliable and agile (more power), they should be a ferocious foe in a (delayed) 1946 Normandy landing.
I believe these machines has got an unfair reputation, as war shortages and hurled production made them perform a lot poorer than the engineers intended them to in the first place.
We never got to see full size pz.div's with Tiger II's en'mass, flank-protected by Panthers. The situation of late 44 and 45 forced them to fight wastly outnumbered, usually out of gas, and constantly pounded with bombs and artillery. Its not an easy scene to make a debut.
"On the road from Bollersdorf to Strausberg stood a further 11 Stalin tanks, and away on the egde of the village itself were around 120-150 enemy tanks in the process of being refuelled and re-armed. I opened fire and destroyed first and last of the 11 Stalin tanks on the road....My own personal score of enemy tanks destroyed in this action was 39."
SS-Hauptscharführer Karl Körner,
schwere SS Panzer Abteilung (103) 503 / III SS Panzer Corps (Tiger II),
East Germany, April of 1945.</I>
"One day a Tiger Royal tank got within 150 yards of my tank and knocked me out. Five of our tanks opened up on him from ranges of 200 to 600 yards and got five or six hits on the front of the Tiger. They all just glanced off and the Tiger backed off and got away. If we had a tank like Tiger, we would all be home today."
Report by tank commander Sergeant Clyde D. Brunson from 2nd Armored Division, 1945.