World: Tiger to Tame

In their western-front offensive, the Germans used new weapons. One was a leviathan tank, the 75-ton Königstiger (Royal Tiger), whose turret could turn through the full circle, whose hitting power was a greatly elongated version of the high-velocity 88-mm. gun. In one model the monster's frontal armor was six-inch steel plate, slanted at high angle to bounce shells off. But in another version the Königstiger was reportedly a true land battleship—its turret faced with twelve inches of armor, probably impenetrable to all but the heaviest field-artillery projectiles.

Out-Armored. The Royal Tiger was comparatively...

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