The Panzer VI-II, mistakenly called "Kig Tiger", is quite the supermassive vehicle, as per German engineering preference. You see, the Tiger One had been around for a while and it, being an überpanzer, wasn't winning the war. Therefore something even bigger was needed!
The same insane type of specifcations were laid down, Henschel, Krupp and Porsche (again) went to work. The result was spectacular and very heavy indeed. A pretty tank, not at all as huge as some pictures suggest - go stand next to one and see - but rather very dense. Intended as a kind of long range sniper tank for the east front, the hedgerows and bocages of the Normandy landscape did not do it favours.
Because of its massive armour, the Maybach petrol engine and drive train were far too fragile and underpowered. It had, however, a massive gun - the biggest tank gun of WW2. Even though this is the epitomy of German Panzer-ness, I feel they were wasting their time on this monster. One of these machines cost the same as several Panzer IV's and those would certainly have been more useful.
sPzAbt 503's 1. Zug received the first operational batch of Königstiger. They were deployed during the battle of Caen and completely destroyed by British Lancaster bombers. This one, named "Annelise", survived that. For thanks, they were sent east where Annelise was painted white and her crew froze their butts off.
Kampfgruppe Peiper was the tip of the German spear during the Ardennes offensive. At La Gleize, the Americans slugged it out with Tiger II "213" and somehow managed to shoot the cannon in half. The tank was to be scrapped but a resident of La Gleize bought the wreck for a bottle of cognac. It's still there, a big cat on a small village square.
The end was in sight and most knew it. The Russians were on the Oder, which is uncomfortably close if you live in Berlin. Because they knew that the Russians wouldn't be very friendly post-war, the remaining Nazi forces fought to the death. And I say Nazi because by that time, everyone else who could had already surrendered.
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