Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B mit 10.5cm KwK L/68 – King Tiger 105

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General info

Tiger II with the 105 mm in the garage.

The Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B mit 10.5cm KwK L/68 (or just 10.5cm Tiger II) is a Rank V German heavy tank with a battle rating of 7.0. It was introduced in during the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41. Increasing Tiger II's main cannon to a whopping 10.5 cm cannon, the Tiger II boasts a much more powerful armament than any of the preceding Tiger II tanks.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

This tank's best and almost only possible role so far is a sniper/support tank. Stay at distance, or your reload time and mobility will be the death of you.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

The 10.5cm Tiger II shares the same weaknesses as its predecessor: at its BR, most guns will be able to easily penetrate the lower front hull plate and the turret cheeks. Aim for the right side of the turret to kill the gunner. Additionally, similar to the IS series from 2 and above, the 10.5cm gun takes a long time to reload, and if alone, the Tiger II can be rushed after firing its gun. The gun itself and its breech is also easily damaged, and will be disabled. The glacis/upper front hull plate on the other hand is a different story, and should be avoided.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Like with most German guns, the main gun is very accurate.
  • With the high muzzle velocity, high armor penetration value, and high damage of the PzGr 39 shell, there's really no need to every load any other shell.
  • With the explosive mass of both the standard PzGr and PzGr 39 shells being equivalent to 343 grams of TNT, penetrating shells are devastating. They deal arguably more damage than any of the Russian 122mm shells do. Expect a lot of one shots.
  • With the upgraded engine, transmission, and filters, the 10.5 Tiger II has nearly 300 more horsepower than a fully upgraded Tiger II H. This will make the 10.5 accelerate quicker and climb hills faster than any of the other Tiger II's. Including the Tiger II Sla.
  • With the upgraded turret, the 10.5's turret traverse will be 20.5 degrees per second. This will help you defend against enemy medium or light tanks trying to execute a flanking maneuver.
  • Even at its BR, the upper front plate still borderlines on impenetrable. You'll only have to really worry about APDS and HEAT going through it.

Cons:

  • With the same lightly armored turret as the Tiger II H, expect nearly every enemy tank facing you to aim right for it.
  • Unlike every other Tiger II, the 10.5 will always have ammunition in the turret. Shots that penetrate through the back of the turret will likely result with your ammunition exploding.
  • Lower glacis plate is a large target thats easily penetrated.
  • Even with an ACE crew, the main guns takes more than 15 seconds to reload. So close range brawls are not advised.
  • Despite being quick and maneuverable for a heavy tank, it's still not a medium tank. So don't expect to out maneuver any medium you're likely to face.
  • Stock PzGr round has much lower penetration and normalization values than PzGr 39 shell. In fact, the KWK43 88mm gun on all of the other Tiger II's have better penetration at all ranges with stock PzGr 39/43 shell.
  • Gun is easily disabled, rendering the tank helpless.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 10.5 cm KwK 46 L/68 cannon (54 Rounds)
1 x 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun (5,850 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 10.5 cm KwK 46 L/68 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 54 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.0°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 20.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 10.5 cm KwK 46 L/68 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 54 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.0°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 20.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 10.5 cm KwK 46 L/68 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 54 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.0°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 20.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
PzGr 213 210 190 166 146 127 APHE 900 14 0.8 28 343.2 +4° 43° 30° 25°
PzGr 39 247 244 233 217 204 193 APCBC 1005 16 0.8 28 343.2 +4° 42° 27° 19°
PzGr 40 276 272 247 220 207 170 APCR 1150 10 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 24° 20° 18°
Sprgr 20 20 20 20 20 20 HE 900 15 0.4 0.5 1,550 +0° 11° 10°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Tiger II 105 mm.
Full
ammo
Ammo
Part
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
54 Projectiles
Propellants
43 (+11)
45 (+9)
27 (+27)
37 (+17)
15 (+39)
19 (+35)
(+53)
(+44)
 
(+53)
Right side empty: 27 (+27) no

Secondary armament

1 x 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader 1
  • Loader 2
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 6 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides (Slope angle) Rear (Slope angle) Roof
Hull 150 mm (50-51°) Front glacis
100 mm (50°) Lower glacis
80 mm (27°) Top
80 + 5 mm Bottom
80 mm (28°) 40 mm
Turret 185 mm (8°) Turret front
200 mm Gun mantlet
80 mm (19-21°) 80 mm (20°) 40 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 150 mm 150 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are 30 mm thick.
  • Some part of the turret side have track links on them, which gives an additional 30 mm of protection to the armor.
  • The weak spot is the front of the turret (185 mm), but it is small and very difficult to hit at mid-long ranges, where it is also harder to penetrate.
  • Machine gun port could be marked as close-range weak spot. Although most of it is still 150 mm thick, the angling is much worse.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 70.5 ton

Max Speed: 44 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 1162 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.48 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 1431 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 20.29 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 70.5 ton

Max Speed: 42 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 796 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.29 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ____ hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 70.5 ton

Max Speed: 42 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 796 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.29 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ____ hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

The usual road for tanks. Parts and Fire Prevention Equipment to repair and stop fires, and the ammo for better damage output. You may actually wish to research the PzGr 39 ammo before FPE, depending on how frequently you get set on fire versus how frequently your shots ricochet with the stock ammo.

History of creation and combat usage

Tiger II

The Tiger II with its 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon was one of the most formidable tank in World War II. Its 150 mm thick front armor plate sloped was never penetrated by an Allied tank throughout the war and its cannon could destroy any Allied tank fielded in the war. However, some German higher-ups believe that the armament on the Tiger II was just not enough, something more was needed.

Concept

Ideas of rearming the Tiger II was brought up by Krupp in sometime in late 1944. The concept drawing Krupp made was for the Tiger II to be rearmed with a 10.5 cm KwK L/68 cannon. This design would require new mountings and new mechanical parts to be optimized for the larger 10.5 cm gun. While the idea was indeed a very interesting one to up gun the Tiger II, it was never implemented because of its draw backs. The 10.5 gun uses a two-piece ammunition, which requires the presence of another loader. This is impossible because the turret is already cramped as is with three people inside, and the addition of another will make the interior a very miserable place to be in. Plus, the fact the gun's ammunition is two-piece already means that the drawback behind this upgrade is a much slower fire rate. This causes the concept to be rejected by German high command, and if it wasn't, it certainly ended with Germany's surrender in May 1945.

No prototypes were made and its existence is only proven by a concept drawing.

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

Camouflages and skins for the "Tiger II KwK 105" can be found on live.warthunder.com

Sights

Images

The Tiger II 10.5 cm Concept art from Krupp.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-der.png 10.5 cm Tiger II
Nation Germany
Type Heavy tank
Rank 5
Battle Rating 7.0

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Characteristics
Weight
70,500 kg
155,426 lb
Number of Crew 6
Hull armour thickness
150/80/80/40 mm
5.90/3.15/3.15/1.57 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
1,162 hp
796 hp
796 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
1,431 hp
900 hp
900 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
16.48
16.75
11.29
11.47
11.29
11.47
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
20.29
20.62
12.77
12.97
12.77
12.97
Max speed
44 km/h
27.5 mph
42 km/h
25.9 mph
42 km/h
25.9 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 105 mm KwK 46 L/68 Cannon
Ammo stowage 54 rounds
Vertical guidance -8°/15°
Secondary Weapon
1 x MG 34 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 5,850 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP 160,000 RP
Vehicle cost 390,000 SL
Crew training cost 110,000 SL
Max repair cost*
4,010 SL
6,500 SL
7,300 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
6d
10d
10d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
_d __h
_d __h
_d __h
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