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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2-11-2015, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Tiger Day 2015

ill be going to a regimental get together but I plan to be at BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM for tiger day it was the star of FURY and I know it well my base was across the road from it
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Is that a Russian T34 in the middle?

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yeah I think its 1 of only 2 T34 working tanks in the world the other is in Russia ..
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As an apprentice I served some of my time at Bovington. I was part of the team that overhauled the King tiger.
The engine, re-built by mysef and my good friend Taff (Jumbo) Jones, was a Maybach HL230P30 V-12 multi fuel, set at the time of re-build to run on petrol. Needless to say, it drank petrol at a very rapid rate, IIRC, 3.5 gallons per mile....at tax payers expense of course,

As a nipper i lived at Winfrith Newburgh, just a few mile's from Bovington. I also used to visit Bovington 3 or 4 times a year when I was racing, had my first ever 1st over-all win there at easter 94.

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HAHAHA that king tiger you mention is massive even for a tank ....and the countryside around bovington is breath taking LULWORTH COVE , CLOUDS HILL CHURCH (a pilgrimage of mine was to visit Laurence of Arabia,s tombstone I read his book 8 pillars of wisdom )
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yeah I think its 1 of only 2 T34 working tanks in the world the other is in Russia ..
We have a T34 in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum I've seen, not sure if it is working though, although it appears undamaged and cosmetically restored. No Tiger though. Tigers are much more rare. They built 84,000 T34s but only 1300 Tigers. From what I have read the German tanks like the Panther and Tiger were vastly superior to anything the British or Americans had but they could not produce them in a quantity sufficient to make much of a difference. Almost all the German tanks were destroyed by air attack but were almost impervious to attack by allied tanks due to bigger guns and thicker armor as well as better design.




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yeah I think its 1 of only 2 T34 working tanks in the world the other is in Russia ..
We have a T34 in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum I've seen, not sure if it is working though, although it appears undamaged and cosmetically restored. No Tiger though. Tigers are much more rare. They built 84,000 T34s but only 1300 Tigers. From what I have read the German tanks like the Panther and Tiger were vastly superior to anything the British or Americans had but they could not produce them in a quantity sufficient to make much of a difference. Almost all the German tanks were destroyed by air attack but were almost impervious to attack by allied tanks due to bigger guns and thicker armor as well as better design.



They were way in advance of anything we had at the time, and that was their downfall. Their standard of engineering was second to none, which made them more complicated to build, and, way to complicated for your average tank crew to repair in the field. Anything more than a track change usualy resulted in the tank having to return to workshop.

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Apparently the Sherman tank they have at the war museum here was the only surviving D Day vintage Sherman at the end of WW2. Not sure if that means it was the only surviving Cdn one or the only surviving allied one. Regardless, there were several thousand that were off loaded at Normandy. That should give you an idea of the poor survivability of the Sherman tank in combat. It had a 1:6 kill ratio compared to German tanks, meaning 6 Sherman tanks and usually their crews were lost for every German tank lost.

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