"Common" knowledge is that the Tiger was conceived after the Germans encountered the Russian T-34 during the campaign on the east . This is not entirely accurate as the planning had already begun at a meeting with Hitler on 26th May, 1941. It was not until June 22nd, 1941 that Operation Barbarossa was launched. However, Hitler's interest in the project peaked after the Germans encountered the T-34 medium tank which had practically rendered the entire German panzer forces obsolete.

"Common" knowledge is that the Tiger was conceived after the Germans encountered the Russian T-34 during the campaign on the east . This is not entirely accurate as the planning had already begun at a meeting with Hitler on 26th May, 1941. It was not until June 22nd, 1941 that Operation Barbarossa was launched. However, Hitler's interest in the project peaked after the Germans encountered the T-34 medium tank which had practically rendered the entire German panzer forces obsolete.

German tank "Tiger" undermined and abandoned by the Germans on the streets of the Sicilian city of Biscari.

German tank "Tiger" undermined and abandoned by the Germans on the streets of the Sicilian city of Biscari.

German Army Tiger I heavy tank on a road in Italy, 1944.

[Photo] German Army Tiger I heavy tank on a road in Italy, 1944, photo 2 of 2

German heavy tank Pz.Kpfw. VI "Tiger" with the tactical number "231" from the 503th Tank Battalion, in the Belgorod area (Soviet Union). - The German offensive operation "Citadel".

German heavy tank Pz.Kpfw. VI "Tiger" with the tactical number "231" from the 503th Tank Battalion, in the Belgorod area (Soviet Union). - The German offensive operation "Citadel".

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