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Old 07-14-2007, 09:08 PM
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Where does crew climbit raise the crew of a tank?

Ooops, I don't know how to edit the tittle. It must say: Where does crew climb on a tankk?

I would like to do to some spots of mud left by the crew climbing on a König Tiger, but I do not imagine where every crew member will climb to enter his position. Some idea or photo?

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Old 07-21-2007, 07:04 PM
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Smile How to get into a King Tiger

Dario

I would say that there is no easy answer to your question. The King Tiger was so big that just climbing in and out would be a major effort. There is at least one photo in existence of a King Tiger abandoned in Normandy which has a long wooden ladder hanging on the side.

I would suggest that the driver and radio operator would enter the tank by climbing up the glacis plate from the front, or from the side using the tracks as a step and the tool racks to help pull themselves up.

The turret crew may have followed the driver and radio operator's course or come in over the engine deck - more likely the latter as then everybody would get in at once.

As I said, I don't think there was any regulation entry route, but the one thing of which I am fairly sure is that entry to the vehicle would not have involved the gun barrel or the mantlet area as it was apparently quite easy to knock the barrel out of alignment with the sights.

That's my ten cents worth, and I hope it helps, but I admit I stand to be corrected.

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Old 07-22-2007, 10:27 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzWAinUJ5_w
In this video crew climb on a TigerI

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