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The capture of Tiger 131
Tiger 131 in 28mm Scale
The Germans knowing that the Allies were preparing a major push toward Tunis, the Germans launched a spoiling attack on the night of 20/21 April 1943. Four points were attacked simultaneously, including a pass on the north side of a hill called Djebel Djaffa. Two Tigers and several other tanks advanced through this pass before dawn, and were gradually driven back during the day.
Tiger 131 was hit by 3 shots from 6-pounders from British Churchill tanks of A Squadron, 4 Troop of the 48th Royal Tank Regiment. A solid shot hit the Tiger's gun barrel and ricocheted into its turret ring, jamming its traverse, wounding the driver and front gunner and destroying the radio. A second shot hit the turret lifting lug, disabling the gun's elevation device. A third shot hit the loader's hatch, deflecting fragments into the turret.
The German crew bailed out, taking their wounded with them and leaving the knocked-out but still driveable and largely intact tank behind.The tank was secured by the British as they captured Djebel Djaffa hill.Tiger 131 was the first intact Tiger tank captured by British forces. Enclosed picture of a client commission based on the capture of the tank.
My version of the Tiger in 28mm by Warlord Games is featuring in a article in Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy magazine Issue 102 (out now) see below. You can also see the following
YouTube movie regarding the capture of the Tiger