The German Panzerjäger Tiger (Jagdtiger)

Though technically not a tank as it lacked a rotating turret to carry its main armament, the weapon generally known as the Jagdtiger (hunting tiger) was a super-heavy tank destroyer operated in small numbers by the Germans in World War II. The vehicle was more formally known as the Panzerjäger Tiger Ausführung B as it …

The heavy tank – the British FV 214 Conqueror

Occupying the technical and operational border between the heavy and the super-heavy tank, the FV 214 Conqueror was also known as the Tank, Heavy No. 1, 120 mm Gun, Conqueror, and was a British heavy tank developed in the period after World War II which was only built in modest numbers. The spur for the …

The super-heavy tank – the British A39 Tortoise

One of the major concerns of the Western Allies fighting Germany in World War II was that they would finally have to invade Germany from the west along a frontier protected by the ‘Westwall’, or ‘Siegfried Line’. This took the form of a line of concrete emplacements armed with artillery and anti-tank guns, and itself …

The super-heavy tank – the German PzKpfw E-100

Another example of the penchant of the Nazi hierarchy for the desirability of the massive, the Panzerkampfwagen E-100 (Gerät 383) was a super-heavy tank design which was conceived and developed in the second half of World War II. The concept behind this and other massive weapon types of the same period due to the belief …