In 1944, three Tiger I tanks were field converted by the sPzAbt 509 to recovery vehicles and redesignated Bergepanzer Tiger. In November of 1944, all three were transferred to the sPzAbt 501. Meanwhile, a lone mid production Tiger I that had been damaged near Anzio in Italy was rebuilt and converted by the workshop of sPzAbt 508 into a special purpose vehicle. Its gun was removed and the turret traversed to face the rear then locked in a fixed position. A winch was mounted atop the turret along with a tubular 10-ton lifting crane, which enabled it to recover and tow damaged/ mired vehicles. It was also equipped with other auxiliary equipment so that it could lay and clear demolition charges.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale Bergetiger recovery vehicle. Now in stock!
Length: 4-1/2 inches
Width: 2-1/4 inches
Release Date: February 2014
Historical Account: Schwere Panzer Abteilung 508 was formed in August 1943 and immediately sent to Italy. It engaged the Allies at Anzio and maintained a tenacious defense while withdrawing up the Italian peninsula, suffering heavy casualties in the process. It was eventually disbanded in February 1945.