Fighting with Ferdinands

Created as an adaptation of Porsche’s Tiger tank prototype, the Type 130, known as a Ferdinand, went straight from the factory to the toughest tank battle of World War Two.

Three fresh Ferdinands showed the extra frontal plating that gave them 200mm armour. Intended as long-range assault guns operating from the rear of an advance, they were not equipped with defensive machine guns

Although he had built and tested tanks in secret during the World War One, Ferdinand Porsche was late to the party when World War Two commenced. It was not until December 6, 1939 that he received an order to start work on a tank of 25 to 30 tons carrying a 75mm gun. Porsche’s rival for this job was Kassel’s Henschel und Sohn, whose Erwin Aders had been designing Panzers since 1936. Thus Germany’s neophyte tank designer was pitched against one of her most experienced.

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