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Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)

Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99) Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)
includes two plastic Tiger (8.8cm) tanks, one Decal sheets and one Unit card.

The massive Tiger tank was planned to be in service for the Battle of El
Alamein. Technical problems delayed its arrival in North Africa until later
in the year when they were shipped to Tunisia to fight there. They fought
alongside the Afrika Korps in the Battle of Kasserine Pass.

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Afrika Korps
The German Afrika Korps is a hard-fighting force of tough veteran troops who have won many battles and expect to win many more. Their Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks outclass the British tanks they face, and have been steadily upgraded to maintain their edge over the opposition. Their infantry are organised to have ‘few men, many weapons’, so they pack a ferocious punch whether facing infantry or tanks. These are backed by the famous ‘88’ dual-purpose anti-tank/anti-aircraft gun and the Stuka dive bomber.

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Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)

Rommel's Afrika Korps (GEAB14)

Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99) Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)
The Tiger first underwent development when specifications for a new heavy tank were sent out to various manufacturers. It was to mount a gun that penetrated 100mm of armour at a 1500m and also be able to withstand return fire from similar weapons. Henschel developed the VK3601, but this design was to have a squeeze bore weapon, which had to be abandoned due to the lack of an adequate supply of tungsten for the ammunition. The VK3601 was quickly adapted to mount the 8.8cm KwK36 gun, which had already made itself famous in the anti-tank role as the FlaK 36. 
Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99) Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)
The order to start the final design was issued on 26 May 1941. Henschel was to develop the chassis while Krupp developed the turret. Porsche’s version was also still under development and Krupp was also to provide the turret for this. Rheinmetall also developed a turret mounting the 7.5cm KwK L/70 gun (later to become famous as the Panther’s gun) but this was abandoned in favour of the 8.8cm mounts.
Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99) Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)
The Production model Henschel Tiger I E had 100mm of front armour on both its hull and turret, 80mm on its rear and sides, and 25mm of top armour. None of the armour was particularly well sloped, but it had lots of it. It 8.8cm gun had already proved itself in combat as a lethal anti-armour weapon.
 Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99) Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)
The first Tigers issued went to the newly assembled men of 502nd Schwere Panzerabteilung, who were quickly sent to the Leningrad front in August 1942. Tigers also made an appearance in North Africa in late 1942, much to the disturbance of the allied soldiers who ran into them, many of the legends surrounding the Tiger spring from these first encounters.
Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99) Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)
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Plastic Tiger (8.8cm) Sprue (x2)
Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)
Plastic Tank Commander Sprue (x1) Decal Sheet (x1) Unit Card 
Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon
(x1)
Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99) Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99) Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (GBX99)

Boot Camp Battle Report
Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats
To conclude the lessons laid out in the 4th Edition Boot Camp, Phil and James put the theory into practice by playing a 62-point game using the Free For All mission.

Boot Camp Battle Report: Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats...

Boot Camp Battle Report: Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats


Last Updated On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Blake at Battlefront