Thursday 31 October 2019

"Tiger" or "Elephant"?

The Tiger tank first saw battle in the USSR in the fall of 1942, but its debut was unnoticed. The Red Army first inspected one of these tanks in early 1943, but verifiable information was rare. For the time being its name was not "Tiger", but "Elephant", named after the elephant emblem painted on its armour.

"April 20th, 1943
To the commander of the anti-tank rifle company

In addition to the description of the "Elephant" German tank sent earlier, find attached photographs of the "Elephant"

Chief of the [illegible] 48th Independent Mechanized Brigade
Captain [signature]

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