Few names conjour up such images as that of the Tiger 1, Germany's first truly heavy tank. This monstrous 52 ton machine carved out a reputation that even now is still remembered.It featured hugely thick armour and a devastating 88mm gun that could pick off all allied tanks at huge ranges with great accuracy.
The Tiger inspired such dread in allied troops that any German Panzer could be misidentified as a Tiger, leading to a real phobia that was understandable.
Early Tiger battalions were very well trained and had complete faith in its abilities, sometimes beyond its true capabilities. Perhaps its greatest proponent was Michael Wittmann, who emerged as one of the greatest tank commanders of the war. He built up an impressive numbers of kills of enemy tanks and anti tank guns, which he always maintained were a more difficult foe.
Warlord Games have modelledWittmann in his U boat leather jacket that was his trade mark in Normandy. This then is Michael Wittmann and his Tiger before they set off to blunt the British 8th army's advance at VillersBocage in summer 1944.