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Old 11-10-2017, 07:46 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I’m sure this King Tiger has probably been discussed a few times on WAF (sorry but I didn’t check), but I thought I’d share my experience via photos of travelling from Australia to Belgium to see this “in the flesh”

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I spent 2wks in Europe just driving around in this order:

Belgium F1 Grand Prix: Spa, Belgium
King Tiger 213: La Gleize, Belgium
Museum 44: Malmedy, Belgium
Nurburgring: Nurburg, Germany
Mercedes Museum: Stuttgart, Germany
Zeppelin Fields and surrounds: Nuremberg, Germany
Feldherrnhalle SS ceremonial site: Munich, Germany
SS Shooting Range: Herbetshausen, Germany
Dachau Concentration Camo: Dachau, Germany
Obersalzberg, Eagles Nest and Berghof: Berchtesgaden, Germany
Italian F1 Grand Prix: Monza, Italy
Das Reich destroyed town: Oradour-sur-Glane, France
WW2 Surrender Site: Reims, France
Dunkirk Evacuation Beach: Dunkirk, France

A wonderful trip with some incredible photos taken!

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Old 11-10-2017, 09:13 PM   #5
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Hi Michael, no I haven't seen this King Tiger before, looks like its been kept up to good condition being outside.

And looks like you have a very busy trip visiting all those sites in 2 weeks!

thanks for posting,

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Old 11-10-2017, 09:34 PM   #6
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Thanks Lou,

It was a very busy couple of weeks but I saw everything I wanted to.

Here’s a YouTube vid worth looking at (not mine so I hope I can share it here?)

It shows the King Tiger 213 and then just down the road, Malmedy where 84 captured American soldiers were killed by Pipers forces. A haunting spot indeed.

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Old 11-10-2017, 09:42 PM   #7
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Thanks for the link Michael, and now I know were that Tiger is situated, as I know the story of the Malmedy where 84 captured American soldiers were killed by Pipers forces.

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It's a pity it is outside because, even when they paint it from time to time, the insides keep getting a lot of humidity and parts get rusted and rotten. Those parts are mostly made of steel or iron foil and will fall to bits when you touch them. I had the chance of inspecting three StuGs last year, and leaving them outside does no good, even if you paint them.

Nice looking kitten, anyhow


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Old 11-11-2017, 07:27 PM   #11
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Yes it seems to get “restored” quite regularly

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And then it gets a different camo every time?

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Old 11-12-2017, 05:51 PM   #12
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Great photo's . Another place to put on the"too visit list".
I am heading over next year and try to make an itinerary.

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Very nice photos of Tiger 213, and Baugnez, thanks for sharing! While Tiger 213 has been "refurbished" and repainted a number of times. many of the interior and drivetrain parts are missing or rusted away.

Tiger 213 was stationed at the Werimont farm on high ground just southeast of La Gleize when elements of the U.S. 3rd Armored Division attacked toward the town. 213 had the front part of its gun tube blown off during the fighting. The tank was moved to the town square after the war; U.S. forces clearing the area were going to remove it but the owner of a local inn persuaded them to leave it in the town in exchange for a bottle of cognac. Over the years it has been refurbished under the direction of historian Gérard Grégoire. The amputated gun barrel posed a problem, until M. Grégoire discovered a complete Panther gun tube buried beneath a farmer’s hedge (it had probably been overlooked by the scrap dealers after the war). M. Grégoire persuaded the farmer to sell the find for the bargain price of 1,000 Belgian francs, and 213 received a new gun by welding the Panther barrel to what remained of the original Tiger barrel and adding a relic muzzle brake from another Panther.

If you're interested in the story of Tiger 213 and the rest of the Tiger tanks attached to Kampfgruppe Peiper, check out the book "Tigers in the Ardennes." https://www.amazon.com/Tigers-Ardenn.../dp/076434790X

The photos show 213 after the battle with it's gun tube shot off, and a diagram of how the Panther barrel was fitted to what remained of the Tiger's barrel during the refurbishment.

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Old 11-13-2017, 03:49 PM   #14
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Hi Michael,

Great weather you had - made for great photos!

Where is the "Feldherrnhalle SS ceremonial site: Munich, Germany" - I am not familiar with that name?

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Geoff, I assume he is referencing THE Feldherrnhalle.

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