Why 879 Men for 45 Tigers?


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Why 879 Men for 45 Tigers?



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The authorized strength of a Heavy Tank Battalion (Schwere Panzer-Abteilung) was 45 Tigers, yet such a unit also around 879 men assigned. The question is, why so many men for just 45 tanks? In this video we look at the organization of a Tiger Battalion based on German Tables of Organization and Equipment (TOE) or as the Germans called them Kriegsstärkenachweisungen (KStN).

Special thanks to Leo Niehorster.

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Schneider, Wolfgang; Köhler, Frank: Tiger im Kampf. Band III. Schneider Armour Research. Verlag Wolfgang Schneider: Uelzen, Germany, 2013.

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    << Errors & Corrections >>
    1:09 – I said 14 Tigers but show 12 Tigers, I forgot to show the 2 Tigers of the Leader Section of each Platoon. So 14 is correct. (thx to mensch1066)
    4:14 – I said & wrote 32 Tigers, yet it should be 42 Tigers, since 3 times 14 is 42 Tigers. (thx to mensch1066)

  2. Aside from a few examples, as VW BEETLE (Original), most German vehicles are over Engineered beyond what is necessary. Each component means an increase in maintenance… and why the T34 handed Z Germans their asses on the Eastern FRONT…

  3. Looks rather boring. You should spend less time explaining some 1-2 man missing and other very minor detail, and visualise better how much other vehicles actually were with the company.

  4. Super video wie immer! Falls du nicht gerade in ost österreich lebst kann ich dir echt empfehlen mal in die schweiz nach sg. Magreten zu fahren und die festung heldsberg zu besichtigen oder auch nach ruental full da ist auch eine fast baugleiche festung und ein tolles militärmuseum, das abgesehen von geschätzten 60 panzern unzählige flugabwehr systeme und kanonen beherbergt. Gruß aus vorarlberg 🙂

  5. The extra 24 men could easily be explained by carrying extra personnel because there are always some away on leave, at training schools, or temporarily detailed to another unit. I bet even the army that rolled into Poland had some men on emergency home leave and away from the unit for other reasons.

  6. There will be no Justice in this world until a time machine is created and the author of this video and all the people commenting on here can go back in time and know the glory of fighting in a heavy tank battalion…

    All kidding aside remember kids real war does not have a respawn option.