German SdKfz. 9 halftrack vehicle towing a Panzer VI Tiger I heavy tank in preparation for Operation Zitadelle, near Kursk, Russia, Jun 1943

Caption     German SdKfz. 9 halftrack vehicle towing a Panzer VI Tiger I heavy tank in preparation for Operation Zitadelle, near Kursk, Russia, Jun 1943 ww2dbase
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Identification Code   Bild 101I-022-2926-11A
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Feb 2011 02:15:59 PM


The two half-tracks towing Tiger 114 are the
Sd.Kfz.9s, known as (Famo) about 2500 were built. The German army used the vehicle for many different duties as a prime mover for the 24cm gun and the 8.8 flak 18.
It also doubled at times as a tank recovery vehicle, it had enough power to tow the Panzer Mk IV but, when needed to tow the Tiger, Panther or a King Tiger four Sd.Kfz were needed.

Tiger commanders were forbidden by regulation
to tow a crippled Tiger, the towing Tigers
engine would overheat, and led to breakdowns
you have the situation, where you lost two Tigers, but I'm sure crews didn't leave
a Tiger abandoned, and towed it under certain conditions.


Three Bergepanzers were built in Sept. 1943
as Tiger Recovery Vehicles, equipped with
a derrick crane mounted in a center superstructure with rams, timber beams, towing chains, and other pioneer tools.

armed with one or two 7.92mm machine guns, but I'm sure crews carried what was needed and a lot of ammo to feed those machine guns.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Feb 2015 04:31:21 PM

Another photograph I have identifies Tiger 114 being towed by same three Sd.Kfz.9s, looks like another photograph taken from the right side of the road.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Tony Smith says:
20 Jun 2016 11:31:02 AM

Looks like there are 2 SdKfz. 9's pulling the tiger
4. Anonymous says:
8 Jul 2018 07:23:16 PM

I read once 200,000 man hours of labor went into a single tiger's construction. approx 2000 hours recorded by a single laborer working a 5 day 40 hour week. triple that and you have a 100 men working 4 months (3 shifts/day @ 5 days a week allowing 2 "off" days a week for disruptions)on a single tiger

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