VETERANS MEET FOR EXHIBITION OPENING

Two surviving German Tiger Tank veterans met their British counterparts at the opening of the Tiger Collection exhibition.

There were emotional scenes as the veterans - all in their nineties - met each other more than 70 years after the end of the Second World War.

The veterans shook hands and embraced as they looked at the collection of tanks which once struck fear into the allies - and their reputation has endured.

The Tiger Tank Collection exhibition, supported by World of Tanks, includes Tiger 131, two King Tigers and a

Jagdtiger, along with the Elefant, which is back in Europe for the first time since 1945 having been lent by the US Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center.

Never have these tanks been together at the same time before - not even during the Second World War.

The two German Veterans whose stories are told, Wilhelm Fischer and Waldemar Pliska, met British veterans Ken Tout and Ernest Slarks who also feature in the exhibition.

Waldemar said: “I was grateful for the invitation and looked forward to meeting the other veterans.

“You have to remember that these tanks were killing machines. And it must never happen again; they must be a warning to others.”

Ernest said: “It is a strange feeling…

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