Saumur Tiger II

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  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

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  2. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Stay inside and close windows and doors! The Tiger II tank of the Saumur Museum, France, is on the way to Holland.

    It will feature in "MiliTracks", the annual WW2 military vehicle show, at the Museum of Overloon, next 19 and 20 May.

    Dit Duitse gevaarte uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog trekt door Europa naar Overloon

    Moving the tank, according to the director of the Overloon Museum in the interview, is a small logistical adventure, which took 4 months to prepare with the French authorities. Loaded on a special trailer, the tank will be transported 800 km by road from the Loire Region to Overloon. Because of its size the transport can only travel by night. The operation will take several nights and the tank is expected to arrive Friday night.
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  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    The Frenchies seem to drive it pretty routinely. It must be in pretty good shape.
    Very impressive!
  4. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    I remember seeing this fine tank museum at Saumur Calvary Barracks many years ago.There were also a number of Russian tanks displayed which were captured at Suez and had impact damage gouged out of the armour as it was butter.....but no penetration.

    (The Saumur Calvary Barracks where Patton and CDG were on the same tank course in 1923.)

    Reading Stolpi's note,I am assuming that the Tiger 2 is to be subject to a temporary loan for the military vehicle show.
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    When I saw the front of the Jagdtiger at Aberdeen I thought the impacts looked like they had been done with an ice cream scoop but butter works too :)

    I don't know if the gouges were done in battle or post war testing. The upper right hit is deeper than it looks here. No penetration in either one,

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  6. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Yes, the tank will be here only for the weekend ... and it will not race around the museum park as do the other vehicles.

    I've been told that it will move a bit forward and backward though.
  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    its the queak of the tracks!
  8. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    But which track type option is it now shod with.
  9. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    They didn't put transport tracks on it a couple of years ago in Paris

  10. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    That video gives a much better indication of how intimidating the Tiger must have been to Allied soldiers.
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  11. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    You're right, Canuck. Even just seeing the turret turn in the first video felt intimidating. It's so darn BIG.
  12. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

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    stolpi Well-Known Member

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  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Here's a video of the interior

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  15. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Any plans to put an engine in the one at Bovington?
    Love watching them drive around.
  16. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    ...or preferably both of them. Actually would prefer TOG2 and what about the Tortoise again?
  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Mate emailed this video

    He saw the Hetzer (which appears on another video he sent of that show) on a Dutch lorry on Wednesday on one of our local roads.

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  18. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Thnxs Owen - Seeing it on the lorry and moving through traffic just makes you realize what an incredible huge monster this Panzer was.

    I will not visit the Militracks, but I expect these will not be the last we'll see on You Tube of the short visit of the Tiger to Holland .
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  19. Marco

    Marco Senior Member

    Some pictures inside and outside today. Gunners and loaders position looked original, radio and driver’s position was a French home-made mess.

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