Jagdpanzer Jagdtiger (Hunting Tiger), SdKfz 186
The Jagdtiger was the last and unavoidable product of the German Army's decision to convert existing and available tank chassis into tank destroyers. The tank destroyer would carry a more powerful gun than its tank cousin with the basic vehicle's turret diameter. The Jagdtiger used the hull and chassis of the Tiger II with a fixed box-like superstructure housing the fighting compartment built over its center. The superstructure was designed to mount the very formidable 128mm PaK 44 anti-tank gun; this combined with its very thick armor made the Jagdtiger the most powerful armored fighting vehicle of the war. However, shortage of the gun due to Allied bombing meant the Jagdtiger had to settle with the 88mm PaK 43 instead. Only 48 of these vehicles were completed before the war's end. The Jagdtiger had very good firepower and protection but lacked mobility and maneuverability, like the Elefant. However, when the Jagdtiger went into service Germany was on the defensive everywhere and mobility was not very essential.