Tank Chats #77 Jagdtiger | The Tank Museum

this tank chats about this massive piece
beside me the Jagdtiger with its enormous hundred and twenty-eight
millimeter gun now we’ve already explained about the development of the
King Tiger project and the Jagdtiger is a vehicle that comes out of that project
it really stems back to this German idea that starts just before World War two
which is to put first of all an infantry support gun such as a short-barreled
seven point 5 centimeter gun onto a tank chassis but without a turret and the
idea there the original idea was called a stone gerschwitz but the Germans
developed that with their different models of tanks and with that initial
idea of a infantry support vehicle it then moves on when they add instead of
an infantry support howitzer to add an anti-tank gun then you end up creating
something the Germans call Panzerjäger x’ or tank hunters and the idea of a
vehicle that can have a powerful anti-tank gun on a mobile track chassis
and the real difference there is between that and a tank is a tank tends to have
a turret that can go 360 degrees on it this particular Jagtiger was captured
by the American forces at just outside Houston Beck which is in the Houston
Betts analog or it was a training and testing area for the German military at
the very end of the war some of the vehicles that were training there were
taken to form a an improvised unit to help try and stop the Americans
advancing it was then taken back to Houston back and this was a vehicle that
the British then recovered to the UK for evaluation and we’ve repainted it in its
original just Dunkel Gelb scheme which is what was the case when it was at
Houston back which is just again it was basically this is the factory finish by
later in the war two more colors were being issued for the various units to
apply as a camouflage scheme we know this vehicle was never camouflaged when
it was in service despite the fact it you can still see traces of the zimmerit
system in August 1944 when it was manufactured that were added at the
factory now the Germans liked this idea and pretty much every model tank they
come out with apart from Tiger one they create some sort of tank hunting vehicle
on top of it sometimes by reusing captured guns French or Russian
anti-tank guns are put on top of chassis sometimes other times building something
bespoke so for example with the yank panther building up the sides in the
front glass a plate putting the 88 millimeter gun on basically what
underneath is is a panther hull now with the AG Tiger program what happens is in
October of 1943 Hitler’s already likes the idea of continuing this tradition
with the tiger tanks there’s an issue going on already by the summer of 43 the
Germans have seen how the Russians are using heavier and heavier caliber guns
sometimes anti-aircraft comes sometimes artillery pieces in an anti-tank role
and he looks at the idea of using the hundred and twenty-eight millimeter gun
onto a tank chassis now Hitler as we’ve mentioned before with the tiger program
he’s already trying to see his armed forces a step ahead of the opposition
for each summer’s battle seasons as it were so even though this sounds
ridiculously in 1942 a ridiculously large gun in late 42 when they were
thinking about can we put this 128 millimeter
onto something like an anti-tank gun limber something thin the ideas about
just like they’ve been doing with other anti-tank guns or putting onto a mobile
chassis this seems ridiculously big you only have to think a couple of years
before the standard anti-tank gun that Germany goes to war with is 37
millimeter a little man portable can be towed by horses or a small vehicle and
can be maneuvered into position suddenly to jump to a vehicle or a gun of this
huge size of 128 millimeter onto a chassis they start designing one it
out of the 11 tons so they realized straightaway that’s just gonna be too
big and too heavy they were also looking for the best 128 millimeter gun to
actually use and they go to crap and Ryan Mattel as always in the German
systems you try and get a bit of competition going rhyme Mattel is
already making 128 millimeter flat gun it’s a standard caliber for some naval
weaponry so tooling and other things are out there Krupp decides no we’re going
to have a go ourselves but we’re going to actually come up with a completely
new gun of that caliber and the Germans actually look at the crap gun is a gun
they actually want to use in the anti-tank role this huge gun 128
millimeters normally it would have some sort of barrel support on it that gun in
length is 7 meters from the end to the bridge that is a very long gun two
meters off the ground very heavy as well so as the vehicles driving the
vibrations that go through the structure that’s holding the gun in place the
mounting for it that is attached to the floor that wear alone causes the gun to
become inaccurate because you get wear and tear there hence they needed a gun
lock to be able to put that lock it into place the gun is actually sighted
through a periscoping system that goes through the roof the commander would be
sitting on the far side from me he actually had donkey ears to look through
the roof as a binocular type of scope whereas on this side they’d be the
actual aiming scope as I mentioned and this gun could be accurate out to about
3 and a half kilometers away again a great distance for a tank killing weapon
inside we’ve got a driver and a bow machine gunner on the far side there who
would operate the radio and again as I’ve mentioned the two loaders in the
rear and a gunner who sits in the front using that scope that goes out through
the roof so Hitler as I mentioned he likes the idea of the yanked tiger in
October of 1943 they shown that wooden mock-up out in East Prussia it’s
demonstrated as this is what it will look like it’s not a running vehicle and
they then get to work and Henschel who have got the contract
for the king tiger program by the following April of April of 1944 April
the 20th Hitler’s birthday they show they actually send two of the first
completed YAG Tigers out to East Prussia and again it’s demonstrated one of them
is demonstrated for him now part of that background what they’re really looking
at here with with that hundred and twenty eight millimeter gun and again
around as you look at the whole vehicle that’s the important thing about it in
the tank hunting capability 128 millimeter this
is going to be able to destroy pretty much anything on the battlefield at that
time and this gun is so powerful it could knock out any known Allied armor
on the eastern or the western front out to about three and a half kilometers
away it fires two main types around there’s a armor-piercing ballistic cap
round and there’s a high-explosive round as well and these rounds are now getting
so big the the high-explosive round alone raised about twenty eight
kilograms in weight and so they’re now doing two part ammunition so the round
goes in fire first and then it’s followed by a cartridge with the
propellant in that cartridge it’s made of Wales steel think of something like a
poster tube or a toilet roll steel wound cemented together lacquered and that
holds the cartridge and they actually have at least two different charge sizes
in the cartridge depending on the distance the guns going to be firing now
they get to the point where they can put thirty eight of those rounds inside the
yank tiger but because of the weight of the rounds and they’re getting so large
we now have the situation of an extra crew member they have two loaders for
the Jagdtiger one to put the projectile in one to follow up with that cartridge
it’s going to blast it out so 128 millimeter great tanking killing
capabilities will go through any known ally tank out about three and a half
kilometers that is the most phenomenal tank killing gun put it on a tank in
World War two the problems of course of what we’re looking at what the Germans
have is then mounting that on a chassis that then comes in
seventy-five long tongues we’ve got all those problems we’ve seen with the other
big heavy German tank program things such as the Maybach HL 230 P engine you
can get about they pushed it to about 600 horsepower it is still going to be
underpowered for getting 75 tonnes around the place and again looking at
you know you can just about get 12 miles an hour out of this vehicle transmission
again back to the same as a king tiger problems with the transmission systems
in February of 1945 engineers are sent out from the factories trying to find a
way of rectifying the transmission problems that so many of the vehicles
are having and we’ll talk about that as well in its service combat but you’re
looking at really this sort of a vehicle 200 250 kilometers something’s gone
wrong as in a major transmission failure and from that point of view with a
vehicle like this to remove the transmission in the front that means a
removal of the main armament to get at it so that’s a major project there it’s
not something they can do easily for armor protection on the front of the
vehicle you’ve got about 225 millimeters of the armor plates angled at about 75
degrees a huge casting on the front and then an even bigger casting as well
which is what they call that sourc off mount to protect the mantlet as it were
at the front around the gun barrel this is homogeneous armor it’s not face
hardened 80 millimetres on the side so as always thinner armor on the sides in
the rear but the idea behind it Hitler likes the idea that if we’re
putting a gun on a vehicle what they’re really looking for is a level of
protection that would be up to that standard of gun that the vehicle itself
is carrying around so whether this would really approach it against that sort of
firepower from this sort of caliber weapon hard to say but it is very very
thick armor and the other issue of course that’s actually going on is
they’ve then got to find ways of welding together so there’s very great big
segmented sections in it – almost block together
but of course we’re not talking about Lego here they have to angle all the
different jointing so willed can get in there and actually make a proper seal
and a deer those different blocks together and that in itself is a major
undertaking they order a hundred and fifty of these vehicles we think by
about May of 1945 only about 80 of them are actually being completed an issue
they’re made at the Nibelungen working down in Austria at st. Valentine and
that gets bombed quite heavily in October of 1944 so again as with so many
of the other later war German tank production there’s outside influences
coming into play mechanically we’ve already mentioned the
problems there so vehicles that constantly be either being sent back or
trying to be repaired in the field bombing has interrupted not just the
production of the tanks but the supply of raw materials and because you’ve got
such a big vehicle it tends to be try they try and move it all the time on the
rail network and of course from late 44 into 45 that is being heavily targeted
by the Allied bombing campaign so getting these vehicles around Germany is
a real problem and you’ve got that whole system of building German vehicles
starting to break up as these vehicles are being manufactured so this is a
again another one of those stories of stop-start Hitler showing interest
throughout the production run in January of 45 he’s questioning could some of the
barrels their delays in barrel manufacture with crop could bowels be
taken off some anti-tank chasis they’ve been using these French and Russian
anti-tank classes to put this huge great big hundred 28 millimeter gun on can we
take some of those back to help produce more yak Tigers again he doesn’t want to
see this yank tiger this for him is another one of his wonder weapons the
secret weapons that he’s hoping is going to make a real influence and when the
first units are starting to train with these vehicles from
10:44 one was at 65 three heavy or it becomes the panzerjäger abbe thailand
the tank hunting battalion it’s already started serving originally with
elephants and Ferdinand’s moves on to these vehicles they note the number of
times senior figures come to divert see and have a look at the new Yankee I
guess seeing how trainings progressing seeing how this vehicle is developing
because again it’s another one of these ones that Hitler’s taken a great
personal interest in they don’t actually see any action till the winter of 44 45
they were going to be deployed in the Ardenne battle they don’t actually make
it to the front line and again if you read the different accounts going on
it’s not so much allied activity it’s again it’s a rail
network is trying to get the vehicle at the right place they fail to have any
influence in the Ardenne battle but the first losses they follow up with
operation nordwind in jet january 45 and that’s when the very first loss of one
of these Jagdtigers takes place and ironically for such a massive vehicle
one of the most advanced powerful munitions of the Second World War the
first jagdtiger it seems it’s knocked out by something as simple as a bazooka
that manages to enter and gain access to the ammunition from the point of view
and that’s all caused a secondary fire the whole vehicle it blows up and loses
the entire crew they do not see an awful lot of action in 1945 and the issue
being again trying to transport them to where the Fighting’s going on Otto
Carius a famous tiger commander he writes in tigers and mud when he’s
actually given command of a platoon of these jagdtigers he sees he describes
the problems they have just getting to the battlefield with something so big
keeping the vehicles fuelled looking out for this point that dominance of Allied
air superiority and although other issues we sometimes forget about from
1945 onwards for example there’s a time where he positions his jagdtigers but
then immediately locals have alerted the advancing
Americans where those tanks are so an airstrike comes in other issues he’s got
which again we mentioned in previous tank chats issues such as crew training
you can have this fantastically sophisticated bit of key with that very
powerful gun but yet again if you don’t have the trained men that can actually
make the most of it and that’s one of the things also carriers points out he’s
got a tiger jagdtiger commander who again does a schoolboy error of
retreating away from American troops where again he’s actually managed to
knock out an American tank but then he decides he’s going to maneuver and that
exposes his side armor that’s thinner to the Americans and then he becomes a
victim of their firepower as well so that idea about a less well-trained and
sometimes a less committed German tank force by the spring of 1945 is is
something that becomes prevalent and also it affects the losses of these
vehicles so you’ve got one unit one of the platoons actually they tilt up that
ten of their 12 Jagdtigers they have to destroy themselves and they’ve only
actually they lose one yang tiger in combat and knock out one American tank
so again we come back to the amount of time energy and effort that goes into
these vehicles for the outcome just doesn’t seem to be worth it at the for
the German production and for the German certainly for the German military a
second unit is formed it only fights the Russians with the AK Tigers in Austria
in May of 1945 and we sort of mentioned we think only about 80 Jagdtigers get
produced and one other point worth mentioning here our dear old friend
we’ve mentioned him again in jazz tank design throughout world war ii ferdinand
porsche now porsche with this vehicle Henshall have got the
contract to build it but porsche has got a contract from the german military
contract number two five age and that contract is basically saying porsche
saying look i can make you a cheaper quicker better suspension systems
for German military vehicles and that system is actually trialed on one
prototype and ten of the original production run of the yang tiger in our
particular version here has that Porsche system on it and again it’s another one
of these indications of there’s Germany losing the war and yet still these other
programs are going on to see if they can improve their tanks will make them
better and perhaps something we be thinking now thinking is dissipating
their resource their time their energy but the idea was that what portion came
up with instead of the Henschel system of putting crossmember torsion bars
across the lower hull of the vehicle so it’s anchored on one side runs across
the floor comes out and the road wheels are on an arm on it on the far side
that’s how it has its suspension system Porsche comes up with the idea of using
long to to Dan’l torsion bars that were on a housing that could be bolted to the
side of the vehicle and therefore saving space inside now he
reckoned the tooling would be under half of that that was needed very accurate
toolings needed to actually do torsion bars you’re drilling through from one
side all the way out to the other Porsche says no you don’t need to do all
this I can do all that cheaper they try this system on a number of these early
models of the Jagdtiger coming out including this one here unfortunally
titties from the German military’s point of view yes it’s cheaper but it is not
that successful this Jagdtiger one of the suspension systems has completely
broke him away it was held on by drilled in by studs onto the side of the vehicle
and there was another problem as well Porsche system had eight wheels the
Henschel system had nine wheels but double wheels and interleaved the
Porsche system ended up putting too much pressure on the tracks so they were
finding the tracks are actually bowing and sometimes cracking as well so again
another one of these Porsche novel ideas there to try in this particular case
save time energy and money it fails as does you might judge the whole of the
tank and from the Western Allies who did fight the Jagdtiger the most Russians
just for a couple of examples in May in Austria of 1945 thank goodness
from their point of view most of these vehicles ended up being destroyed by
their own crews because either they’d run out of fuel transmission failures
and or they couldn’t get them to where the battlefield was the factory is
overrun on the 9th of May the last tank is being built on the 5th of May they’ve
run out of the 128 millimeter guns they put about half a dozen together just
with an 88 millimeter but we don’t think they ever lost the factory so overall
one of those vehicles it’s looked at the gamers loved it model makers loved it
its impact on the Second World War despite again being one of these pets of
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100 thoughts on “Tank Chats #77 Jagdtiger | The Tank Museum

  1. They didn't to one for the tiger one because they had the elephant or Ferdinand. Using the unused Porsche chassys

  2. I hope to visit the museum some day. But the guy I love do not seem to have interest of being my companion. So I don't know if I will ever be able to go

  3. The Henschnel Tiger PzVIE was used for the tank version, but the PzVI(P) Porsche chassis which had lost out in the competition was used for the tank destroyer for this generation/role. 1354 PzVIE, and 90 StuG VI(P). Both had their own recovery vehicles – a conversion of 3 gun tanks for the VIE, and of 3 of the prototype chassis for the VI(P)

    The Tiger chassis was used to convert 18 gun tanks into the Assault Mortar role, and these did use the PzVIE hull.

  4. It might not be technically correct but I can’t help but think that you missed a opportunity to repaint in a period German camo.

  5. I have a question doesn't have any relevance with the video.
    Why WW1 and WW2 British cannons are measured by the weight of the shot and not by mm or inch. What is the relevance of that system?

  6. LOL! The photo of the Panzer jaeger with the Louis Vuitton shop in the background! Conquer a country and buy a new handbag for the wife all on the same day!

  7. As this monster ran once I wounded if the tank museum would be able to get her going again if it was for very limited times knowing the limitations of the engine and the gearboxes…

  8. I'm sure there was one of those on a map in Panzer Front back on the PS1, against which I fought, in a Sherman…yeah that map went as well as you'd expect

  9. But did the Tiger 2 had issues penetrating something? and don't tell me IS-3 because those were very rare in the battelfield.

  10. Regarding the Jagdtiger: I quote directly from Otto Carius "Tigers In The Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius", Chapter The Ruhr Pocket pp.206 – 207 –
    "Our equipment situation was quite complicated. The "Hunting Tigers" came from the Hindenburg Facilities in St. Valentin near Linz; the cannons, on the other hand, came from Breslau. The Russians had already advanced beyond that, however, so we were only able to equip thiry "Hunting Tigers" with cannons. Each company received only ten vehicles. In the final analysis, that was sufficient, since we couldn't man any more. The ammunition was drawn from Magdeburg. The ammunition details that picked it up had radios with them to report every stop. Our employment was that important to high command! The tanks were transported by rail to Paderborn. The companies were assembled there in Sennelager. We had the impression that we were considered the secret weapon that could still save Germany.
    When the assault guns ("Hunting Tigers") were calibrated in Sennelager, we experienced our first failure. Despite its eighty-two tons, our "Hunting Tiger" didn't want to act like we wanted it to. Only its armor was satisfactory; its maneuverability left a lot to be desired. In addition, it was an assault gun. There was no traversing turret, just an enclosed, armored housing. Any large traversing of the cannon had to be effected by movement of the entire vehicle. Because of that, transmissions and steering differentials were soon out of order. That such a monstrosity had to be constructed in the final phase of the war – of all times! A better idea for the travel lock of the eight-meter-long cannon of our "Hunting Tiger" was also absolutely necessary. It had to be removed FROM THE OUTSIDE during contact with the enemy!
    Locking down the barrel during a road march was necessary, of course. Otherwise the mounting brackets would have been worn out too quickly and exact aiming would have been impossible. All these problems were compounded by the fact that a tanker cannot feel comfortable in an assault gun. We want to be able to turn our weapons 360 degrees. If not, we have no feeling of security or superiority, but rather that someone is breathing down our necks.
    …during calibration of the assault guns "Hunting Tigers"… We missed everything in such a manner that we were soon fed up with it. Finally, the ordnance technician checked the matter out, and everything then worked better. We discovered that the cannon, because of its enormous length, was battered about so much as a result of even a short move off the road that its alignment no longer agreed with that of the optics. That promised to be a lot of fun – things didn't want to work, BEFORE we even met the enemy!
    …An incident occurred that proved to me how deeply the fighting morale among the men and the officers had sunk. My executive officer was pulling security in my "Hunting Tiger" in the piece of woods already mentioned. He had also taken my crew. Suddenly, my driver Lustig approached me on foot halfway from the front lines. I already had a bad feeling. The good man was completely out of breath and had to catch it first before he could report to me what had happened. His first remark said everything. "I almost slugged my tank commander just now! If we were still in Russia, he'd be dead by now!" He then explained what had happened. His vehicle was located with another "Hunting Tiger," well camouflaged, at the wood line. A long column of enemy tanks had driven across their front at about one and a half kilometers distance. Lustig now considered it a given that the tank commander would give the order to fire. Why else were assault guns there? The man refused to fire a shot, however. A heated argument started among the members of the crew. This strange officer justified his refusal to fire with the reason that he would expose himself if he opened fire and he would then draw the attention of the fighter-bombers!
    To make a long story short, not a single shot was actually fired, although this distance was practically ideal for our cannons. The enemy would have had no opportunity to endanger our "Hunting Tigers."
    It wasn't enough, however, that this strange officer didn't fire. He also ordered his vehicle to back up out of the woods shortly thereafter. It was then that he really did reveal his position. He was lucky that no planes were in the air at the time. He cleared out to the rear without notifying the vehicle commander of the second "Hunting Tiger" at all. That commander promptly followed, and both of them raced off as if the devil were behind them. Of course, no enemy was to be seen far and wide! Because of the careless driving of the completely inexperienced crew, the second vehicle was immediately disabled. The "fearless" Oberleutnant didn't worry about the vehicle at all. On the contrary, he obstinately drove on until his vehicle also became disabled. At least the Oberfeldwebel in the second assault gun ("Hunting Tiger") blew up his own vehicle.
    Lustig had then departed on foot and insisted that I forward his report to the battalion. In that phase of the war, however, it didn't make any sense anymore. Everyone had to decide for themselves whether they wanted to experience the end decently or as a louse. Troops from all different branches were lying about in the woods by the hundreds and waiting for the end. Their morale was completely gone.
    …I fetched my "Hunting Tigers" and led them south to the next village. We soon noticed that there was still a war on. An American tank became a nuisance. I quickly brought a "Hunting Tiger" into position on the eastern edge of the village and personally drove in the Kubel to a small patch of high ground to gain a vantage point. The enemy had already reached Federal Highway 233, and five tanks were right before our eyes under the trees. The distance was barely 600 meters. I quickly grabbed one of my assault guns to give the enemy something to think about.
    The commander of the "Hunting Tigers," a Stabsfeldwebel without experience at the front, wanted to handle the matter himself. To be on the safe side, I first led him on foot to the high ground. I showed him the enemy and told him the distance, so nothing could really go wrong. It was like at the training area. The Stabsfeldwebel then went to his vehicle, and I remained to observe.
    The unfortunate man then made a fatal mistake. He didn't crank the cannon down to its right position until he had almost arrived on the high ground. Of course, the Americans heard the sound of the motor and reacted accordingly. Two of the tanks scrammed, but the other three opened fire. The Stabsfeldwebel's vehicle was soon hit in the front and hadn't fire one shot itself. Instead of finally firing, the lunatic turned around on the high ground when he simply could have rolled backward. When the Yanks had the broad side of the "Hunting Tiger" in front of them, they left our vehicle have it. It immediately went up in flames. Other hits followed, and not one of the six-man crew could save himself, probably because everyone got in each other's way. This example serves to prove that the best weapon and the greatest enthusiasm are useless when thorough basic training has not been conducted."

  11. What a beautiful restoration.

    It can be argued that the Jagdtiger helped the Allies. This AFV was an utter failure and consumed precious few resources. How many Stug IIIs and Hetzers could have been produced instead of 80 Jagdtigers? Hitler, for whatever reasons, did not have any kind of grasp on reality and was pushing for these complete wastes of resources. This sort of behavior did more harm to the German war effort than most anything else the Allies were doing. This and not allowing the German army to retreat condemned Germany to a quick defeat. And this was a good thing.

  12. unpractical beast, it would only be effective in defensive tasks easily flanked and destroyed from sides… there are stories about a platoon of these wreaking a lot of T-34's while trying to defend Berlin, but not all of them had 128mm guns, most had 88's as there were not enough 128mm canons avaliable… germans had a complete unpractica blueprint for such limited resources… they always wanted more than they could get

  13. German tanks were to complicated, to may things could go wrong and when they did were to hard to fix on the battlefield.. The Russians and the US by contrast went for tanks that were simple and mass produced. While no match 1 on 1 against most German tanks allies tanks overwhelmed their German counterparts by sheen numbers and were a lot more rugged and reliable on the battlefield due to their simple designs.

  14. I also remember reading something in "Tiger's in the mud" about the brass gun trunnion being a huge point of failure. Just traveling on the road the weight of the cannon on the brass trunnion bushings would wear out to the point that it was very difficult to aim precisely.

  15. Imagine seeing/hearing these beasts rumbling down the road and firing. It had to be one incredibly scary sight as at that time we had nothing that could take a hit from that 128mm round.

  16. When I saw those destroyed Jagdtigers, I was wondering what could have knocked them out, but then I remembered that they probably were blown up by their own crews when they broke down.

  17. Massive amounts of resources were wasted on this behemoth that was so ponderous it was ineffective, especially when faced with air to ground allied aircraft.

  18. Old fart makes a video about German weapons but can't pronounce their names properly. Pathetic and annoying. If you talk about something at least you should be able to name them properly and shouldn't butcher that other language in the meantime.

  19. Jagdtiger aka, we need a tank with a gun larger than we the ones we shoot at aircraft with 9 miles away because we saw a Soviet tank destroyer that was bigger than the Jagdpanther.

  20. Here's an idea Germany, make more hetzer style tanks "small, cheap, sloped on all sides, adequate gun" or at least upgrade designs of your current tanks to make them better instead of modifying existing hulls beyond there design capabilities.

    Would it have been too hard to simplify the production of the PZ4 and add a sloped front hull and turret.

  21. Except the Tiger I? It may not have been a TD, but the Tiger I did have a casemate version in the form of the Sturmtiger.

  22. At the time the project started, it made perfect sense. They needed something serious to kill the IS-2 at long range.

    Running out of trained tankers and officers was probably not part of the plan.

  23. The Engine Deck is Missing , and a Suspensions Wheels broke off on the Left side on the Tank ! (Sennelager 1945 )

  24. Probably a good thing they wasted so much time and effort on these ridiculous machines. Had they been more sober and pragmatic they would have produced several stugs for the price of one of these monstrosities.

  25. junk . just to few and loss of air cover .to heavy for fast movement .park all 80 in berlin for 45 . just for defense a slow moving pill box for local defense its perfect .were it breaks down its no big deal

  26. would like to learn more about the gunner optics and how they were able to hit stuff so far away with that beast of a gun

  27. This one, as much as everybody loves it, must be the worst TB in ww2… For the same price you can have 5 hetzers or 4 stugs and do much more damage to the enemy…

    But they still loves it…

  28. "Massive beast…" nailed it! Rumor has it that during an alert the crews couldn't mount their tank ^^. But seriously…..just how do you get onto this behemoth?

  29. Hio about some film showing how the Jagdtiger crushed the bones of its civilian victims, women and children.

  30. This thing is so enormous it makes Mr. Willey look miniature standing there in front of it. I'm a bit shocked by the size of it. A T-34 by itself looks so intimidating from the front but sitting next to this it must look like a passenger car. Inside this thing is bigger than many apartments in Japan today. Looks super-survivable from the front, super-heavy, all slope and no trap, which I suppose is the one if-only advantage a dedicated tank destroyer has to its tank counterpart. Interesting how this was just too big, heavy and late to make a good accounting of itself for multiple reasons. As good an idea as it was earlier in the war to throw the 50L gun on Pz IIIs, eventually Germany became guilty of too much of a good thing.

  31. Good job I'm not deaf or i'd be thinking ''What was all the fuss about, it's a big tank with a 'crap' gun ?'' and apparently Porches suspension is 'titties'.. who'd have thought?..
    (thanks to the subtitles.. 😉

  32. Easily, the most unnecessary tank of the war. It genuinely did not fulfill any purpose that wasn't already fulfilled. It didn't do anything particularly well. Germany had other vehicles that were far better, point blank.

  33. If the war had continued, it is likely that Hitler would have put forward the idea of building a tank as big as the Vienna State Opera building.

  34. I wonder how a Jagdtiger would go against an M2a Abrams in the open, daylight and flat terrain….. I'm guessing it would be massacred because the Abrams is so mobile.

  35. One wonders how much more difficult defeating the Wehrmacht would have been if the Germans hadn't squandered so many of their resources on wonder weapons and gold-plated super tanks when the tank designs they already had were perfectly adequate.

  36. The guy standing next to the tank just doesn’t look real. It looks like they used a green screen and ‘shrunk’ the guy down next to a model!

  37. The Nazis. Always too little, too late. They keep their best weapons for when it is too late for them to make any difference.

  38. Heh, sometimes I wonder who was the biggest saboteur of their own industry? Hitler or Ferdinand Porsche? I mean sure lets take the Me-262 and Maus for Hitler, but damn, Porsche takes completed projects and mostly messes them up…

  39. Wow, I am from St. Valentin, Austria, where this machine has been built. Unfortunately there is nothing left of the factory but a plaque.

  40. 'Yaked tiger, 'yag tiger', 'yang tiger', 'AK tiger', 'crap and ryan mattel', 'rhyme mattel' 'Henshall' 'Portion', 'Otto carriers' or 'is infant is amore'?. Who the hell is responsible for the subtitles?

  41. Lots of poor subtitles: 4:43 Rheinmetall, 4:46 Rheinmetall, flak, 5:05 Krupp, 6:40 Jagdtiger, 6:43 King Tiger. 6:53 Jagdtigers. 8:16 Jagdtiger, 8:25 Jagdtiger, 11:17 weld, 12:52 Krupp, 12:57 chassis, 13:02 128, 13:07 Jagdtigers, Jadgtiger, 13:22 September 44, 13:42 Jagdtiger, 13:57 44/45, 14:26 Jagdtigers, 14:36 Jagdtiger, 15:11 Jagdtigers, 15:32 Jagdtigers, 16:02 Jagdtiger, 16:44 Jagdtigers, 16:50 Jagdtiger, 17:11 Jagdtigers, 17:18 Jagdtigers, 17:26 World War II Ferdinand Porsche, now Porsche, 17:30 Henschell, Porsche, 17:35 258 (and many, many more)

  42. 2:30 what about the Ferdinand/Elephant? I know they technically used a different hull, but it was still a Tiger hull right, although produced by Porsche?

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