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jobu88

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Possibly blown up by its crew, or one of the Tigers that US engineers blew up in Tunisia? It's so completely blown up I feel like it had to have been explosives inside the tank.
 

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Rear idler wheel shot off your Panzer IV? ... no problem, just apply some "short tracking" to keep you going to the repair shop.

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I'm trying to imagine what impact that would have on both acceleration/speed, as well as turning/maneuverability?? It would pivot faster to the left than normal, and slower to the right?
 

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Captured Tiger flanked by two Pz IV, all on display in Gorky Park. The Tiger looks like it has an early stowage bin on the left side of the turret?

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Tiger II #121 of s.Pz.Abt 101 on its return trip to Germany. Originally captured by US forces and shipped to the US for evaluation. It was returned to Germany in the 1950/60s where it sat outside the Munster Museum before receiving a better restoration and moved inside.

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Ever since Pinterest came along I have lost count of how many Tiger photos I've seen in which the front outer roadwheel, or in some cases even the entire front roadwheel pair, have been removed by the crew. It's so common that it can't just be battle damage or you would expect an even distribution of missing roadwheels, it has to be from problems with that particular roadwheel. And also odd, I have never once seen a Panther photo with missing front roadwheels despite the same suspension and the Panther being notoriously nose-heavy.

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Interesting.
I did a look up of Tigers to see what it should look like with the front outer wheel.

I came up with Tiger 131 at the Bovington Tank Museum.

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Reviewing your post I see the top picture is the same Tiger 131.
Here it is after being captured and in both pictures it does not have the front outer wheel.
I just might email the museum and ask why that is.

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Reviewing your post I see the top picture is the same Tiger 131.
Here it is after being captured and in both pictures it does not have the front outer wheel.
I just might email the museum and ask why that is.

Alfred Rubbel in History of Tiger Battalion 503 writes "The four outer roadwheels, starting with the front one, gradually freed themselves [while driving]."

But it appears that simply removing the wheel was a common field solution.
 
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