Corgi CC60505 German Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank - "Black 212", schwere Panzerflakabteilung 301, Battle of the Bulge, Winter 1944 (1:50 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
The German Waffenamt issued an order to design the VK4501(H) (as the PzKpfw VI Ausf E was then known) in May 1941, just one month prior to the commencement of Operation Barbarossa. Interestingly, Henschel und Sohn of Kassel was charged with building the heavily armored chassis while Krupp, by far the largest munitionwerks in Germany, was given the task of developing the turret. The PzKpfw VI Ausfuhrung E (type E) was one of the first German tanks to feature a torsion bar with eight interleaved wheels, which was designed to support the mammoth 57-ton tank. The Ausf E mounted a huge 8.8cm KwK36 L/56 cannon and featured two MG34 machine guns for close support against enemy infantry. By war's end, 1,354 vehicles had been produced, some rolling off the Wegmann assembly line.
This particular 1:50 scale Tiger Ausf E (Type E) heavy tank was attached to the sPzFlkabt. 301 and saw action during the winter of 1944/'45. Sold Out!
Width: 2 inches
Length: 4.5 inches
Release Date: December 2004
Historical Account: The 301st Heavy Tank (Remote Control) Battalion was the last-ever newly formed PzKpfw VI Tiger Ausf. E unit. Sent to the Western Front in November 1944 as an ordinary Tiger unit, 27 of the initial 31 Tigers remained in service by the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge and only 18 were still operational by January 15th. By March 1945, with 13 Tigers still fit for service, the 301st Battalion was the foremost Wehrmacht Tiger force in the West. This particular tank is painted in a snow camouflage, rarely seen on the Western Front, which partly obscures the turret cross and tactical number. This Tiger also carried fuel jerry-can racks on the sides of the turret stowage bin, originally fitted to carry the spare fuel for the Borgward B.IV (Sd. Kfz. 301) remote controlled vehicle.