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WWII Photo Feature 24

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The Jagdtiger (Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B) was the most powerful panzer produced by the Germans in WWII. Based on the Tiger II chassis, the Jagdtiger mounted the 128-mm L/55 PaK 44 high-velocity gun in a fixed superstructure. The Jagdtiger weighed over 75 tons with armor up to 250-mm thick. The Germans produced approximately 90 Jagdtiger in 1944-1945.

Two s.Pz.Jäg.Abt. (schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung) were issued the Jagdtiger: s.Pz.Jäg.Abt. 653 and s.Pz.Jäg.Abt. 512. With the collapse of the Wehrmacht, the Jagdtigers produced few results.

In April 1945, s.Pz.Jäg.Abt. 512 surrended to the U.S. 99th Infantry Division in Iserlohn at the Schillerplatz. U.S. cameramen took advantage of the surrender to film and photograph the Jagdtigers.

The illustrations shown here are from the WWII G.I. Stories booklet Battle Babies: The Story of the 99th Infantry Division. The booklet describes the surrender as follows:

Iserlohn gave up at noon, April 16, when a battery of 128mm 'Jagdtiger' self-propelled guns surrendered to Lt. Col. Robert L. Kriz, 2nd Bn. CO, 394th [Infantry Regiment]. Unlike other last-ditch artillery units, the 'Jagdtigers' still had plenty of ammunition left.
[German Jagdtiger after surrender to U.S. 99th Infantry Division in Iserlohn, Germany in 1945 with Gen. Lauer and Col. Warren]
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[The Ninety-Nine Days: Route Map of 99th Infantry Division in WWII]
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[Jagdtigers of Panzerjäger-Abteilung 512 surrender at Iserlohn, Germany in April 1945]
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