Most People Picture History Wrong, These Facts Will Set Them Straight
Most People Picture History Wrong, These Facts Will Set them Straight

Most People Picture History Wrong, These Facts Will Set them Straight

Khalid Elhassan - April 25, 2020

Most People Picture History Wrong, These Facts Will Set them Straight
A Royal Tiger. Girls und Panzers

1. The Royal Tiger Was a Royal Flop

In 1944, Tiger I production was discontinued in favor of the Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, more commonly known as the Royal Tiger or Tiger II. 492 were manufactured by the war’s end. Weighing 77 tons, the Royal Tiger replaced its predecessor’s thick flat armor with thicker sloped armor that was significantly more difficult to penetrate.

Royal Tigers were exceptionally well protected. From January to April, 1945, they were credited with destroying over 500 tanks on the Eastern Front, at a cost of only 45 Royal Tigers, most of them destroyed by their own crews to prevent their capture after they broke down or ran out of fuel. On the downside, Royal Tigers suffered most of their predecessors’ mechanical problems plus a few more, and were even slower, capable of only 9 to 12 m.p.h. cross country.

Related: 12 Tanks of World War II.

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Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

Ancient History Encyclopedia – Fall of the Western Roman Empire

Chant, Christopher – Lancaster: The History of Britain’s Most Famous World War II Bomber (2003)

Encyclopedia Britannica – Montezuma II

Ericson, Edward E. – Feeding the German Eagle: Soviet Economic Aid to Nazi Germany, 1933 – 1941 (1999)

GQ, June 20th, 2019 – A Dirty, Rotten, Double Crossing (True) Story of What Happened to the Italian American Mob

Hastings, Max – Bomber Command (1980)

Japan Talk – 8 Common Ninja Myths

Lane Fox, Robin – The Search For Alexander (1980)

Military Factory – Avro Lancaster

Military History Now – Enter the Ninja: Facts and Myths About Japan’s Most Mysterious Warriors

Montefiore, Simon Sebag – Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (2004)

National Archives, UK – Operation Unthinkable

National Geographic History Magazine, January 17th, 2019 – Jesse James: Rise of an American Outlaw

National Museum of the United States Army – The M28/ M29 Davy Crockett Nuclear Weapon System

Popular Mechanics – Was the Famous German Tiger Tank Really That Great?

Venturi, Franco – Roots of Revolution: A History of the Populist and Socialist Movements in Nineteenth Century Russia (2001)

Washington Post, May 5th, 2017 – Five Myths About the Mafia

Wikipedia – Homer

Wikipedia – Narodnaya Volya

Yarmolinsky, Avrahm – Road to Revolution: A Century of Russian Radicalism (1955)

Yeatman, Ted – Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind the Legend (2003)

 

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