For the Record: Tiger II with 105mm L/68
Hello everyone, it’s a known fact that the Tiger II with 105mm L/68 (unlike fantasies like the ingame E-75 with 128mm for example) was a historical project. It was first mentioned by either W.Spielberger or H.Doyle in Panzer Tracts and probably the best known drawing of the vehicle is this: That however is merely a sketch, based on plans, found in the Bundesarchiv by Yuri Pasholok’s people (he does not search for it personally, he has “people” looking for it). He published a tiny fragment of it (just the designation of the drawing) in his blog post (the reason he does not publish whole drawings anymore is that it is against Bundesarchiv rules): Anyway, that’s not that interesting. What is interesting is the history behind the gun in the game. Originally, it was called 105mm KwK 46 L/68 – KwK means Kampfwagenkanone (tank gun), the number signifies the year. The gun has never been however called as such – this particular name was made up (as Yuri Pasholok confirms) by Sergei “SerB” Burkatovsky. Later, it was renamed to simply 10,5cm KwK L/68 (which is historically accurate). The gun itself was – as you can see from the document title – developed in November 1944. And meanwhile in definitely totally absolutely more historically accurate game… Ooops.