World of Tanks – Inside The Tanks: The King Tiger 360 VR

World of Tanks – Inside The Tanks: The King Tiger 360 VR

Hello and welcome
to the Musée des Blindes, the French tank museum here in Saumur. It’s the only museum in the world
with a running example of the biggest, perhaps most formidable
operational tank of World War II: The King Tiger. To really appreciate this beast,
we need to have a quick look back at history. As early as 1941, Germany realized
it was losing the production battle. They were outnumbered
on the battlefield. To overcome this, they decided to opt
for two things: firepower and protection, meaning less tanks
but with better guns and better armor. In August 1942 the German Army
weapons agency submitted its requirements for a heavy tank
that would replace the Tiger I, whose production
had been launched shortly before. The new vehicle was to have
an 88-mm gun developed by Krupp in 1941. It was one of those rare cases when the
tank was designed for a specific gun, and not the gun for the tank. In autumn 1942 Henschel
and Ferdinand Porsche’s Design Bureau started development on the tanks design. Just as with Tiger I, this turned into
a contest between Porsche and Henschel. The key disadvantages
of Porsche’s project were: low reliability of the electric transmission,
high price, and low production efficiency. Henschel’s project, named VK 4503 (H), could meet the military’s requirements
a lot better. The new heavy tank was designated
Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf.B, and then renamed to Tiger Ausf.B or Tiger II. The informal name Königstiger,
meaning “King Tiger”, was used very rarely by the Wehrmacht. However, it was the most commonly used
name amongst the Allies. Tiger II had a front transmission,
so its layout was very similar to all German tanks of World War II. However, unlike the square hull of Tiger I, it borrowed its shape and proportions
more from the “Panther”. It was made of rolled armor plates,
connected with mortise and tenon joints, and welded using austenite electrodes. There were six types of plates,
from 25 to 150 mm thick. The 150 mm frontal armor was placed
at a vertical angle of 50 degrees, and the 80-mm side armor at 25 degrees. The new Tiger featured thicker armor,
however, Soviet experts noticed that its quality reduced sharply
as compared to the Panther and the Tiger I. This was due to a drop in steel quality.
The upper frontal armor was solid, with just a porthole
for the barrel machine gun bore mount. Observation devices for the driver
and radio operator/bow gunner were mounted on the front part of the hull
roof and protected by U-shaped brackets. In addition, the front part of the hull roof had
hatches for the driver and radio operator. The hull’s rear part had three compartments
divided by watertight walls. The external two could be filled with water
when the tank was deep wading. The central compartment contained
the engine and was waterproof. Outside, the hull and turret were covered
in anti-magnetic Zimmerit coating and camouflaged.
The interior of the tank was painted yellow. Tiger II featured two types of turret: One
designed by Porsche, and one by Henschel. Porsche was so confident
that he would win the design, that he went ahead
and manufactured 50 turrets in advance. These turrets were put to good use,
however, on the 51st tank, his design was dropped
in favor of Henschel’s. This particular turret
is of the Henschel design. The turret was turned
by a hydraulic mechanism borrowed from the Tiger Ausf.E. In the manual mode,
to make a full rotation of the turret, the gunner had to make 700 turns
of the handwheel. The tank’s primary armament
was the 88 mm KwK 43 gun. The barrel length was 71 calibers,
or 6,298 mm. The muzzle velocity of an armor-piercing
shell was 1,000 meters per second. It was one of the best tank guns
of World War II. A shell fired from this gun could penetrate
250 mm of armor at a range of 1.5 km. For Central Europe, the point-blank range
is considered to be limited to 1,800 meters. At this distance, the Tiger II can penetrate
the gun mantlet of the IS-2, and this powerful Soviet tank
could do nothing in response. In fact, the same gun had also been fitted
to a pair of tank destroyers: The Ferdinand and the Nashorn. The Tiger II fired an 88-mm caliber shell,
the same as the Tiger I, but the ammunition was very different.
It was much longer and wider. Let’s now jump inside and have a 360° look! Here we are inside the turret. There were
actually five people in total on the crew, however, only three were in the turret. The first position…
I’m standing in the commander’s position. There is a seat here,
but I’m standing on the turret floor. Above me we’ve got seven episcopes
in total all the way around, which gave the commander a very good,
unobstructed view of 360 degrees. Just to the left of the commander
we’ve got a little handwheel which closes the commander’s cupola. Directly in front of the commander
we’ve got the gunner’s position. An optical sight in front of him, and between
his legs he’s got a traverse handwheel, and just to the right an elevation handwheel. Tiger II could be
traversed and elevated manually. There was power traverse on Tiger II,
but the engine had to be running for it, but it was pretty good. It could do
a 360 degree traverse in about 19 seconds. However, the majority of the turret
is taken up by the massive breech of the 88. Let’s pop across
and have a look at the loader’s position. I’ve moved across to the loader’s position,
always my favorite position, in any tank. It actually means you’ve got a bit more room
than any other of the crew positions. However, with the 88 mm gun
the rounds were big: Almost a meter in length
and weighing up to around 18 kilos, they were not easy to manhandle
within the turrets. While we’re talking about ammunition:
Directly behind the loader we’ve got ready-round ammunition racks.
22 rounds can actually be stored in here, and the tank could carry in total 86 rounds. If we look past those racks,
you can also see the escape hatch. As the name suggests, it was a means
where the crew could, in an emergency, get out from the vehicle rather than going up
and exposing themselves to enemy fire. Among other things on the loader’s side
we’ve got a traverse handwheel, so the loader can actually manually help
the gunner traverse the turret left and right. As far as vision is concerned,
like most armored vehicles, there’s not a lot of vision ability
for the loader. He’s just got one episcope,
directly in front of him. That’s it for the loader’s side.
Now we will drop down into the front and have a look more closely
at the driver’s compartment. We’ve moved to the front of the vehicle,
and we’re sat in the driver’s compartment, the last two crew positions on the vehicle. To the right of the driver we would find
the bow gunner/radio operator. But back to the driver’s compartment!
Let’s have a closer look around. The seat I’m sat on has two positions.
I’m sat in the fully closed down position, which means that
the poor old driver would have to drive using the vision block in front of him.
Not a great field of view. In the higher position
he can have his head outside. A much better field of view, making it easier
to drive, even on today’s main battle tanks. Because of the seat positions
there are two accelerator pedals. A lower accelerator pedal directly in front
of the driver when he was fully closed down, And also when he’s fully closed up,
he’s got higher accelerator pedal as well. Taking pride of place here in front of me
is this quadrant steering wheel. Fully adjustable, much like today’s modern
cars, for comfort and ease of handling. Tiger II had power-assisted steering,
however, if this did fail, we also had two tillers, like on more
conventional tanks, to aid in steering. We’ve also got a handbrake to the left. Across to the right we can see
a very simple instrument panel, not a lot to be found on there,
and we’ve also got a gear selector. Tiger II had eight forward gears
and four reverse gears. That’s about it for the driver’s compartment. What we’ve all been waiting for is to see
how the old girl actually performs. So let’s start it up and take her for a run. Tiger II was powered by the Maybach HL
230P30 four-stroke B12 engine, and this produced 700 horsepower. The
same engine was installed on the “Panther”. It consumed gasoline
with an octane rating of 74 or higher. The Tiger II’s seven fuel tanks
had a capacity of 860 liters. The manual stated that this was enough
to travel a 120 km. However, in reality it could only cover 90. This massive fuel consumption is
around 20 times more than the average car. The tank’s running gear on each side consisted of nine solid metal double road
wheels with internal shock absorbers. These were arranged
in two interleaved rows: Five wheels in the external row,
and four in the internal one. The Tiger II had an independent
single-shaft torsion bar suspension. The suspension provided smooth
and even movement. It was an excellent solution for a tank whose
trump card was sniper fire at long ranges. But maintenance and repair was so difficult, that the Tiger II became the last tank
to feature this type of suspension. “Royal Tigers” were fielded to heavy tank
battalions, as a replacement for the Tiger I. So how did they perform in battle? On the Western Front, the first combat unit
equipped with King Tigers was the 503rd heavy tank battalion. Because of production delays, the battalion
received only 12 Tiger IIs, while the rest of its 33 tanks were Tiger Is. On June 27, 1944,
the battalion moved to the front line. On July 7, it arrived in Dreux. In the very first battle, the battalion
managed to destroy 12 Sherman tanks. On the Eastern Front, the Tiger II was first
used in combat on August 13, 1944. During the attack on the Sandomierz
bridgehead near Staszów, Poland, the “Royal Tigers”
from the 501st heavy tank battalion were ambushed
by the Soviet 53rd Guards Tank Brigade. This was augmented
with some artillery and tank units. On August 13th and 14th, 12 Tiger II tanks
were knocked out, burnt or abandoned. Three tanks were captured
by the Soviet troops in perfect condition. As the situation got worse for Germany, the
Tiger IIs were often used in small numbers, or even individually, as crisis followed crisis. That said, the King Tiger regularly achieved
a kill-to-loss ratio above 10 to 1, and sometimes way higher
in individual actions. The fact was,
there just weren’t enough of them. By the end of the war, only around 475
had made it onto the battlefield. The last major battle
fought by the “King Tigers” in the German offensive
in the Ardennes near Lake Balaton. May 2, 1945 saw the last Tiger II destroyed
in battle near the Spandau Bridge in Berlin. And so the story of the King Tiger ends.
And what a story it was! There could be no doubt at all that this
vehicle will go down in the annals of history as a true beast of war. The Tiger II is clearly a powerful machine. To help you get behind the wheel,
I’ve got an exclusive code for you that will reveal three German vehicles
in the store. Each with XP boosters
to accelerate your journey. To reveal these offers,
go to the World of Tanks Premium shop, click “Redeem Wargaming Code”
and simply type in “CHALLENGER”.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “World of Tanks – Inside The Tanks: The King Tiger 360 VR

  1. Linexes says:

    We have entered a time when Wargaming, a game company, makes better and more educational videos than the History channel on TV. My salutations, Wargaming!

  2. Vaas Montenegro says:

    "Königstiger" translates to "Bengal Tiger" btw, King Tiger was a mistranslation on the allied part by literally translating it to "Royal Tiger".

  3. 詹朝旭 says:

    why the code is not available?I am in taiwan.

  4. fatbone -74 says:

    Tiger 2 is beast but e 75 is real GERMAN BİAS

  5. arthur abogado says:

    Is it weird that I want one?

  6. Gay Barbosa says:

    The game isn't as realistic as War Thunder to realise war but it sure does have good history reviews.

  7. Richardsen says:

    This has been a real treat.

  8. BluMac. says:

    The code doesn't work for me…

  9. Matt Green says:

    Ew, world of tanks.

  10. Nye Gaming Tv says:

    i tried to do the code but it didn't work 🙁

  11. Demophann says:

    This is best

  12. CyraxMD says:

    0:09 did you crash in to that car on the left with the tiger? 😀

  13. Wargaming Europe says:

  14. Ivan Djordjevic says:

    Not working "CHALLENGER" …

  15. Graeme says:

    Code doesn't work even though they are still marketing the video. Another triumph for WG..!!!

  16. Johan Metreus says:

    "Königstiger" does NOT translate to "King tiger", but is the German name for the Bengal Tiger (think Sheree Khan).
    One thing I really appreciate with this video is that it brings up the metallurgy-problems Germany ran into late war, as that was one of the main reason the transmissions were far less reliable than expected with poor steel taking loads dimensioned for gears of full quality metal, as were as the electro-motors hampered by the impure metals in the coil windings.

  17. leon_bsmn says:

    Please bring the Kv 5 back into the PremiumShop

  18. P. Thomas says:

    OHMYGOD!!! Nice. Perfect introduction, this is my favourite tank in the game and E75 and Löwe!

  19. Arne Goderstad says:

    I just fired this up on my oculus rift through virtual desktop – IT WORKS SO WELL! 360 video is so much better for viewing inside the tanks! 3D next!

  20. Jamie ack says:

    Love the highlighted parts such as the ammo and escape hatch

    Also, The Challenger 😀

  21. 0YouCanCallMeAl0 says:

    Looks like the left track needs some tensioning.

  22. Toh Kai Xiang says:

    does the redemption code work for Asia server?

  23. Free Music Downloader - All Music says:

    Buen Trabajo 😉 eres un Crack

  24. Briseur De Lance says:

    Does this have the same contents (same tanks) as "Chieftain's hatch", please?

  25. Jepser Nilom says:

    Amx 40 review plez these reviews are so educational yet fun Keep up dem good works

  26. dvls says:

    Tiger 2 sucks in WoT because he fights tanks that he's not meant to, tanks that are not historically equivalent like IS-3's, US T32's etc. Ofc placing him against t34's or shermans would be dumb but cmon IS-3? There should be IS-2 there instead.

  27. David Stricagnoli says:

    T34-85 is the best idea for war. Use one of the t34 for target and get busy tiger ,other 3 t34 shots behind the tiger and knock out a massive and expensive war machine.

  28. Dannuk1 says:

    I would wish that there would be an option to automate the fokus of the camera on the things where the teller is talking about. Sometimes its anoying to klick around all the time and searching the actuall theme. Mabe just a "Fokus now" shortcut on middle mous button?

  29. Wet Blanket says:

    Lose the mirror(s)!

  30. John says:

    If we could go ahead and stop calling it the incorrect name…yeah, that would be great.

  31. groot ! says:

    imagine putting a modern day leopard 2 engine, a better suspension and faster turret traverse in that beast. it would annihilate those t 54's and other old soviet armored vehicles used by isis in the middle east.

  32. finn .mov says:

    man i wanted to lay down but now i gotta spin around to see 360 lol

  33. Joshua Donn says:

    i want to see the T29 T._.T

  34. Vladimir serg says:

    Who else here is a tank nut

  35. Ecchi No Sama says:

    I am going to say how about super Pershing it's long 90mm gun

  36. Video Comentaror says:

    Are you making a normal NOT 360 video

  37. Andy C says:

    Great armored tank = piece of paper in WoT great job guys

  38. TheMoreSubsYouHaveTheGayerYouAre says:

    königstiger means royal tiger, the Americans heard "royal" and saw "königs" and started calling it a king tiger.

  39. Kevin spacey says:

    Not to sound like an American… but when you talk weighs and stuff, can you say in Kilos and LBS… Not everyone know what 18 kilos is in lbs. Would be a big help

  40. Kevin spacey says:

    Is it just me or do the tracks looks really loose ?

  41. Deadass, b says:

    360 video is A W E S O M E

  42. Kascio GG says:

    I much prefer the narration of this guy to the chieftain.

  43. Hadrian says:

    How much Hp did the king tiger have irl?

  44. Bobby Sauter says:

    My Absolute favorite tank of all time, The King Tiger

  45. Imperial scout says:

    Love it when americans try to say german names or dutch or belgium names. Most of all when they the said it well

  46. James Berlo says:

    I want to drive it !!!

  47. Mad Ricks says:

    @WG: Give the King Tiger a buff of armor, plz.

  48. Munch Hausen says:

    Nice video

  49. Franco Colasanti says:

    Nice potatoe cameras WG …

  50. John Doe says:

    These docus are quite good, but for the real deal MP tank game, War Thunder is far superior and more fun. There's more hard-core tank games out there, sure, but having played WoT after this, you'll never go back…

  51. km ban says:

    war thunder is better. I like Gaijin ~

  52. windblowpass says:

    would you want to be a tank crew or and fighter pilot?

  53. TheMarineGamer IGGHQ says:

    Well technically the Maus was the biggest operative but yes fair enough xD

  54. wijk89 says:

    Musee des blondes? Here in semur?

  55. Lechuga55 says:

    OH – MY – GOD!

  56. Gabesz gaming2004 says:

    In World Of Tanks its' a very bad tank

  57. Raul Hotovi says:


  58. pete says:

    I want to see Maus , tiger , king tiger and much more ive seen bt42 , m4 , and su152

  59. Grammar Nazi says:

    5:12 commander's
    6:20 loader's
    7:22 driver's

  60. Cosmin Serban says:

    Hy i watched this video , but the code didn't work

  61. Cosmin Serban says:

    I live in Romania, is this country unsupported for this redeem code ??

  62. SuperSoundtracks says:

    I have a question: What are those red and white rods hanging on the back of the hummel and grille? (and lots of other tanks)

  63. Arath Victoria says:

    The code works on console ?

  64. Johannes Pralle says:

    really cool. thanks.

  65. Fan MrDeeLee says:

    have the king KV-2

  66. gymkhanadog says:

    To anyone asking about codes, look at the date this video was posted. It's nearly 8 months old. The code isn't valid anymore. I wish they'd actually drop an annotation on the video or edit the description.

  67. Eddy S says:

    Whether you're a WT fanboy, WoT fanboy or just a fan of tanks, you've got to hand it to wargaming for these excellent video's.

  68. Enes Talha says:


  69. Peter Dang says:

    the redeem code doesnt work


    I didn't know you need to be in a Lotus Position in the tank…………. White his accent that's what I heard LOLOLOL

  71. Klaus Kelp says:

    Can we get an inside the tiger 2 part 1 and 2 like the usual

  72. TTV Syn3r6gyy says:

    Does this work on xbox

  73. Gianni Benitez the dish washer says:

    Wow the 360 looks cool make more 360

  74. 冷Rain says:

    well,I think war thunder is better because that game show the inside of the tank.

  75. Dante Zitoli says:


  76. myplane150 says:

    The interior of this beast is bigger than some apartments in Japan. Great vid, thx!

  77. Khumpee Cherngwanich says:

    Thanks to you and your channel I will be able to kill a king tiger easily

  78. Magnus Hjort says:

    The germans built them to last and it shows!

  79. Monk4ever93 Mk4 says:

    its now the moust useless tier 8 in this game

  80. Diana Rmz says:

    What is the paint on this tank

  81. Mischa Peters says:

    Weren't the turrets designed by a third company instead of Porsche and Henschel themselves?

  82. Erika Itsumi says:

    Best tank to ever exist in any realm of humanity

  83. TheEarthIsn'tFlatPleaseStopIt says:

    He almost ran into the garage frame.

  84. Chris Corson says:

    “Challenger” wg code “not valid”

  85. LEDtherebelight says:

    I have been inside this actual tank <3 It was awesome!

  86. Soviet AllFather says:

    This video just inspired me to go with the tiger line of tanks on world of tanks.

  87. Thomas Zhang says:

    Full interior of Tiger II, with 360 camera?! Am I still alive?! This is fantasy!

  88. Soviet Steel says:

    Brilliant video!

  89. Herr Voss says:

    King Tiger never pierced from the front by an allied shell on either front.

  90. Archie Botten says:

    The code doesn't work

  91. CM says:

    My understanding is that Porsche actually developed the chassis (not turret) and Henschel developed the competing (winning) chassis. Krup designed both turret types. The one without a shell trap design flaw was chosen for production.

  92. Evan Doss says:

    AHHHHH!!! Henschel designed BOTH turrets!

  93. Spring Lamb says:

    No i cant see . Camera limits ?

  94. Death666 hell says:

    King tiger is perfect!!

  95. Haribo 73 says:

    It's Achilles heels? It's collosal fuel consumption, the fact that it was too bloody heavy to be mobile around the small Western European roads and numerous bridges over small rivers and lastly….the Germans couldn't manufacture enough of them. In reality, it was an expensive pillbox….

  96. ava puckett says:

    I got rekt by the American t-95 150mm gun oof

  97. Southern Hunter says:

    Don't really like the camera positions on this video… I had to keep moving my phone.

  98. 0B ZEN says:

    It's absolutely gigantic in the flesh. Like a bunker on wheels. Makes Tiger 1 seems like a toy. Even the Panther, which is huge, is dwarfed by this thing. There are a few massive tanks in the museum, like a conqueror, M60, AMX 50T, Jagpanther… It isn't the biggest, but it's a big boi!

  99. Alan Bradbury says:

    Good video, but as very briefly alluded to in this video, people should be aware that the informal name Königstiger, does not actually mean King Tiger. It is formed of two words – König and Tiger, but the first word is plural – thus when we note the letter S at the end of the first word, König, it literally translates as King's Tiger – as in, 'the tiger belonging to the king' – which is a German name for what is perhaps more commonly called the Bengal Tiger, another name for which, is the Royal Bengal Tiger. So the loose and commonly used Allied translation of Königstiger into 'King Tiger' is incorrect; a more correct translation of it in colloquial usage form, would be Royal Tiger, which is correctly used in this video quite a bit.

    It's worth noting how to pronounce this correctly too, if you are into getting stuff right; when spelled as Königstiger, the letter O has an umlaut over it. An umlaut (which means sound alteration) is a linguistic assimilation which alters the sound of a vowel to be more like a following vowel, so in the word 'König', the pronunciation of the first vowel O, becomes a portmanteau with the following vowel, E. This is why the word is also sometimes seen spelled as 'Koenig'. So phonetically, the correct pronunciation for either spelling, is 'kernig'.

    If you pronounce it like that, you won't upset the Germans for having mangled their language, and upsetting the Germans, when they make tanks like this one, is not a good idea lol.

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