With its original appearance recovered, the King Tiger of La Gleize is by far the most unique relic still visible today on the entire Battle of the Bulge battlefield.
Jan 6, 2016 - German King Tiger 213 Tank. La Gleize, Stoumont.
December 44 Historical Museum is located in La Gleize. Before you visit La Gleize, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.In this video we take a look at the German King Tiger Tank 213 in the village of La Gleize where it was left abandoned during the Battle of the Bulge. We pay a quick visit to the site of the Malmedy Massacre before crossing the border into Germany to explore Hitler’s West Wall (Siegfried Line).Tag: La Gleize. King of the bulge. Posted on March 16, 2020 March 22, 2020 by Melcher. One of only a handful left, this King Tiger is perhaps the best known of the lot. Located in the picturesque town of La Gleize in the Ardennes, Belgium, this is the only Tiger II visible from the public road. Because of the incredible amount of photos I have.
King Tiger 213 commanded by SS-Obersturmfuhrer Helmut Dollinger saw its last combat on 21st December when it was engaged in a fire-fight against 15 US tanks on the outskirts of La Gleize. In the exchange the Americans disabled the tanks main armament, blowing off a section of the gun and forcing Dollinger and his crew to abandon their tank.
A Panther and King Tiger faced 4 Shermans, an Achilles and a Stuart. My Panther started in the centre of La Gleize and Greg’s King Tiger on the outskirts. Phil’s initial foray saw his Recce Stuart skirt round the village but foolishly gave my Panther a flank shot.
The museum tells the story via fifteen life-size dioramas, where dummies in original uniforms and equipment depict the combatants of 1944. There are also hundreds of photos and an excellent film. Outside the museum is a 69 ton King Tiger (Tiger II), abandoned at La Gleize in 1944. It has been restored, and is a rare example of this type of tank.
La Gleize was defined as the last stop for the German advance into Belgium. Surrounded by American forces, the surviving Germans fled on Christmas Eve, leaving behind 135 armored vehicles including a famous King Tiger that remains preserved in front of the La Gleize Historical Museum.
The German King Tiger Tank was introduced in early 1944 and was the most powerful tank during world war 2. With its powerful 88mm gun and an almost impenetrable front armor, it was one of the most feared weapons of world war 2. Up to the end of the war, the allies had not introduce any effective means to counter the threat.
December 44 Museum offers a chronological and thematical journey into the history of the German offensive (Wacht am Rhein) in the surrounding of La Gleize. The museum hosts a 69 tons King Tiger tank from the 1st SS Panzer.
The King Tiger 213 has since been restored and displayed at the main square in La Gieze. At the site of the King Tiger 213 was the building that previously housed Peiper’s Waffen SS Aid Station. This building has been converted into the December 44 Museum which offers an incredible journey into World War II history and the failure of the German offensive in the Ardennes during December 1944.
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Surrounded by American forces at La Gleize, 800 survivors of the 1st Panzer SS lead by Peiper fled on Christmas Eve, leaving behind 135 armored vehicles including the 69 tons King Tiger which still stands in front of the museum. It is this failure that is considered today as the principal cause of Germany's defeat in the Battle of the Ardennes.
LA GLEIZE KING TIGER Kampfgruppe Peiper, commanded by the veteran Jochen Peiper from 1st SS Panzer Division (LAH), crossed the border at the Losheim Gap at the start of Operation Autumn Mist on 16th December. His units captured a fuel depot near.
King Tiger 213 at La Gleize The King Tiger was part of one of the SS spearheads to capture bridges across the river Meuse in 1944. Kampfgruppe Peiper was the name of the spearhead, this was an elite taskforce of Hitler, with 4.800 soldiers, 600 vehicles.