Sdkfz 186 Jagdtiger – Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B

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Sdkfz 186 Jagdtiger (Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B) is the common name of a German heavy tank destroyer of World War II.

The official German designation was Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B as it was based on a lengthened Tiger II chassis. The ordnance inventory designation was SdKfz 186. The 71-tonne Jagdtiger was the heaviest armored fighting vehicle used operationally during World War II and is the heaviest armored vehicle of any type to achieve series production. The vehicle carried a 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 main gun, capable of out-ranging and defeating any fielded Allied tank. It saw service in small numbers from late 1944 to the end of the war on both the Western and Eastern Front.

Tiger ace Otto Carius commanded a company of Jagdtigers. His post-war memoir provides a rare combat history of the Jagdtigers that were under his command. Although 150 were ordered, only between 77 and 88 were produced. Due to an excessive weight, the Jagdtiger was continuously plagued with mechanical problems. Today, three Jagdtigers survive in museums.

Sdkfz 186 Jagdtiger Images

Camouflaged Jagdtiger

Camouflaged Jagdtiger

Jagdtiger with zimmerit of the schwere Panzer Jager Abteilung 653. Tactical number 301

Jagdtiger with zimmerit of the schwere Panzer Jager Abteilung 653. Tactical number 301

Destroyed Jagdtiger

Destroyed Jagdtiger

Captured Jagdtiger on culmeyer trailer.

Captured Jagdtiger on culmeyer trailer.

Jagdtiger of Schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653 Steinweiler Pfalz 1945. Tank destroyer being transported on rail car.

Jagdtiger of Schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653 Steinweiler Pfalz 1945. Tank destroyer being transported on rail car.

Jagdtiger wreck of the Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 512. Osterode 1945

Jagdtiger wreck of the 3. Kompanie/ Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 512. Osterode 1945

Jagdtiger number 233 of the schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653

Jagdtiger number 233 of the schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653

Captured Jagdtiger

Captured Jagdtiger

Jagdtiger of the schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 512

Jagdtiger of the schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 512

Destroyed Jagdtiger

Destroyed Jagdtiger

Jagdtigers

Jagdtigers, which were in production.

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13 Comments

  1. Rodrigo Arroyave on

    Still I do not understand several people who criticize “excessive” weight of Tiger II and Jagdtiger, if modern tanks like M1 Abrams or German Leopard 2, have practically the same weight of a Tiger II or Jagdtiger, if Indeed, the weight of 70 tons were a problem, simply would not exist modern 70-ton tanks … I think the problem of Tiger II, was mainly transmission and suspension, plus, being produced at the end War, Germans did not have enough time to do exhaustive tests, to later correct the mechanical problems that were found, for even the mobility of Tiger II was not a problem because its performance compared with other tanks of its time, it proved superior in some respects, at least in their weight-mobility ratio, since the vast majority of tanks with a fairly lower weight than the Tiger II, not exceeded 40 km/h and as we know the Tiger II reached that speed … however, the Jagdtiger was heavier than a Tiger II, due to its frontal armor plates of 25 cm, but we must consider that since Germany was not making offensive war that they used in principle, but in the latter times, their tactics became strictly defensive, this demanded better protected tanks, to increase their chances of not being destroyed, facing the enemy that exceeded them in number ratio…

  2. herbert ackermans on

    The Jagdtiger production photograph is actually showing Jagdpanther and Panther Ausf. G production at the MNH plant.

    Jagdtiger were solely assembled at Nibelungenwerke, St. Valentin.

    • You were looking probably at the beginning of the picture starting from above but aren’t the chassis in the front of the picture (starting from down) Chassis of a Jagdtiger? If not they only can be a PzKpfw V (Ausf. G)?

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