The Panzerkampfwagen VI (Abbrev. Pzkpfw. VI) Tiger was a German made heavy tank of World War 2. Made to counter the Soviet made T-34 medium tank. It made it's debut during September 1942 near Leningrad (now known as St. Petersburg), although performed poorly due to weeks early deployment. Commonly plauged by engine failures, fuel supply problems and a lack of replacement parts it still was able to utterly destroy any Soviet armor it encountered at the time. It equipped a high velocity 88mm gun able to penetrate approximately 100mm of Rolled Homogenous Armor (RHA) at 500m when using standard APCBC (Armor Piercing, Capped, Ballistic Capped). The Tiger's armor was almost impervious to any weapon the Soviet Union could field at the time with the exeception being that of few high calibre high velocity anti tank guns. With 100mm frontal RHA and 80mm side and rear armor, many rounds would only crater the armor and bounce off harmlessly. Whilst many Soviet T-34 crews had great difficulty scoring a penetrating hit at even 200m, German Tiger crews had little to no problems penetrating the sloped RHA of a T-34 at ranges up to and beyond 750m. However as the war dragged on and the technology of all sides improved the Tiger found itself increasingly either damaged or destroyed by newer enemy tanks and anti tank guns. The Soviets upgraded their world fammous T-34 with an elongated and up armored turret fitted with a high velocity 85mm gun and designated it the T-34/85. The Allies already had guns capable of fully penetrating the Tiger's armor from even the front at ranges from 500m and beyond. German technology also advanced and the Tiger was eventually phased out in favor of the Tiger 2. You can read a more in depth description of all the capabilities of all tanks mentioned here:
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