PzKpfw VI Jagdtiger Heavy Tank Destroyer

Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:49 pm

The PzKpfw VI Jagdtiger heavy tank destroyer was the heaviest World War II armored fighting vehicle to experience combat. It weighed almost 70 tons, had armor that was almost 10 inches thick and mounted a 5.04 inch (12.8 cm) Pak 44 L/55 gun. This gun was capable of penetrating 6.18 inches (157mm) of armor from 4,921 feet (1,500 meters) away.

Although the Maus Super Heavy Tank was larger than the Jagdtiger heavy tank destroyer, the Maus never went into full production and never saw combat.

Few Jagdtigers were ever built – only about 75 altogether.  Production took place from July 1944 through March 1945.
PzKpfw VI Jagdtiger heavy tank destroyer at the US Army Ordnance Museum in Aberdeen, Maryland
The Jagdtiger was used at Ardennes, at Remagen Bridge and in Operation North Wind.

Nazi Germany

PzKpfw VI Jagdtiger

Active: 1944
Crew: 6
Weight: 68.9 tons (70,000kg)
Length: 34ft 11in (8m)
Height: 9ft 8in (2.95m)
Width: 11ft 11in (3.63m)
Weapons: Main – 5.04in (12.8cm) anti-tank gun, Secondary – 2 x 0.312 inch (7.92mm) machineguns
Armor Maximum – 9.8in (250mm)
Engine: Maybach HL230P30 V12 gasoline, 700hp
Speed: 23.6 mph (38kph)
Range: 105.6 miles (170 km)