Multimedia Review
The Tiger Files
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by: Anthony Sewards [ RECCEBOY ]


From the inception, trails and then to the battlefield, this documentary takes a forensic look at the history of Germany's Tiger I Tank, using outstanding and innovative computer animation to bring the facts vividly to life on the Tiger, and backed by testimonials from the veterans who crewed it and the men who fought against it throughout World War II.

With exclusive behind the scenes access to the famous Tank Museumís ďTiger 131" at Bovington in the UK, captured intact in 1943 and then recently operationally restored to running condition.

Program Highlights

This DVD from RZM Imports is broken down into 7 chapters. The first chapter is the legend and the mystique behind the Tiger I. The second chapter deals with the short history behind Bovingtons Tiger I and how the museum added the Tiger into their collection. The third chapter deals with the theory, design, development and manufacture of the Tiger I using animated sequences that provides a detailed in-depth look at the Tiger I's construction and capabilities.

The forth chapter deals with the aspects of the engineering that went into the Tiger, including a segment on how to start and drive the beast. Chapter five deals with the famous 88 mm Kwk 36 L/56 gun mounted in the Tiger I. In this chapter it talks about the Tigerís crew gunnery skills and how to engage targets using the gunnerís graticule pattern. Chapter six deals with the Tigers crew positions and deployment, with an interesting look at how a crew sleeps in a German panzer. Chapter seven deals with a summary and last words on the Tiger I.

Throughout the DVD there are first-hand accounts from Tiger I crew veterans and from Allied veterans who fought against the Tiger I.

Using animated sequences that provide a detailed recreation and Mr John Akins account of Tiger Tank Ace Michael Wittmann's final tank battle.


This DVD on the History of the Tiger I is well worth the money to pick up. The disk is a gem with the recounts of the veterans who crewed and fought against the famous Tiger I, as time passes these men will fade away. It captures their stories and preserves them for all to see and hear on this DVD. Overall, this is an invaluable resource to the modeler, researcher and fan of the famous Tiger I.

All animated sequences provide a detailed in-depth look of the workings of the Tiger I. The only problem that I picked up was the complex historical claims of who killed Michael Wittmannís on August 8th, 1944. Historian Norm Christie with an expert on the subject conducted and in-depth study using GPS ,laser surveyor tools, computers and aerial photos of the battlefield , concluded that due to the extreme range of 1000 meters of the 17 pounder and the position of Wittmannís Tiger I, it would have been extremely difficult to take out Wittmannís Tiger . Thus the kill would go to the Canadian Sherbrook Hussars, who engaged the flank of Wittmannís Tiger at just over 200 meters .

The historical footage is great throughout and the coverage of Bovingtonís Tiger ď131Ē during its restoration and the annual Tankfest show footage. As a fan of the Tiger I, I would highly recommend this great DVD.

DVD EXTRAS: Kettenkrad & Stug. III trailers!
Highs: Computer animated sequences and Veterans personnal accounts.
Lows: Not paying attention to the key role played by the Canadian tankers in the engagment of the complex Wittmann Tiger story.
Verdict: Outstanding DVD, well worth the price and would highly recommend it.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: Item No. RZM HV-013
  Suggested Retail: $34.95
  Related Link: RZM Item Page
  PUBLISHED: Jun 19, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Anthony Sewards (recceboy)

Served with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) for 26 years. Was chief gunnery instructor on the Lav-Recce (Coyote), Lav-3, Leopard C-2 / Leopard 2. And various small arms from pistol to .50 cal. and 84mm . Have been working behind the scenes with REALMODELS, BLACKDOG, MENG,LEGEND,HOBBY ...

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This sounds very promising based on your review. I find visual information like this to be very helpful to me in getting a feel of what the vehicles were like and how they operated. Thanks for the review Anthony!
JUN 19, 2011 - 07:07 AM
Gotta get me one! - Jeff
JUN 19, 2011 - 07:09 AM
..."how to engage targets using the gunnerís graticule pattern" Does it show a photo of the actual pattern? I've only ever seen drawings of it, but I know that Bovington have a real Tiger telescope. David
JUN 19, 2011 - 09:13 AM
David It is shown in full detail and how to engage a tank, useing the triangles in the site with some animation. Yup, well worth the price to pick up. Anthony
JUN 19, 2011 - 10:57 AM
So, it's not an actual photo taken by looking through the telescope? David
JUN 19, 2011 - 08:44 PM

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