Tiger II La Gleize

The Tiger II tank, also known as the King Tiger or Royal Tiger, was one of the most powerful tanks used during World War II. It combined a powerful gun and heavy armor that was virtually impervious to any Allied tank's weapons at the time. One of the most famous King Tigers is the one displayed at La Gleize, Belgium.

In December 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, the German offensive in the Ardennes, a King Tiger commanded by SS-Obersturmbannf├╝hrer Joachim Peiper became stuck in La Gleize. The tank and its crew were part of Kampfgruppe Peiper, a unit of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. After intense fighting and with the advance halted, the tank was abandoned by its crew.

Today, the Tiger II at La Gleize stands as a monument to the battle and is one of the few remaining King Tigers in the world. It serves as a poignant reminder of the war and the heavy fighting that took place in the Ardennes.