As is customary with German tanks, the successor to the Tiger I received many names. Initially, the new tank was named VK 45.03 (H), or Tiger III. Because the VK 45.02 (H), the original Tiger II, was cancelled, the Tiger III was later renamed back to Tiger II. In technical contexts, the same tank was usually referred to by yet another name, Tiger Ausführung B.
Apart from the above designations, the Tiger II also received a variety of nicknames during the war, the most famous being “King Tiger”. The age-old question is whether this name was derived from the German Königstiger or vice versa. In a video on Bernhard Kast’s Military History Visualized channel it is investigated whether the nickname Königstiger was used at all by the Germans. Kast concludes that, the nickname was not officially recorded, but did eventually appear in German propaganda material.Read More »What’s in a name? From Tiger II to Königstiger