This photo has recently appeared on ebay.de and Missing Links.
It combines an early production cupola with a Zimmerit coating and later tracks with chevrons. David has suggested that the circular marking at top left of the driver's plate contains a Waffenamt number. I see no such number. The Waffenamt number circles with which I am familiar are located on the bow and contain neither the light infill nor the line across the centre.
Markings like the one here are seen on a couple of Tiger I's and a similar marking (turned 45 degrees) is known from a PzIV. They seem to be linked by an association with testing/training and the use of gaz for fuel. Does anyone have any thoughts on the nature/meaning of this circle?
I don't believe this sign/marking belongs to HG Those signs were based on a clock system and that Tiger and Panzer IV are using a bisected or split in half circle. HG never received Tiger tanks except when 2/504 was attached to them on Sicily as far as I remember
. You never know in the last days of the war what units picked up but I would go with a training or Ersatz heer unit.
This one is still not known to me, but now I have a suspicion.
The Tiger is in service, it seems. It is mounted for rail transport. I don't think that it would meet a Stug at the Henschel factory.
It is a Befehlstiger; we can see the turret roof antenna, and the mast antenna clamps on the hull side.
It is a Mid Tiger; because the turret side door has no bevels.
Thanks to the new book by Volker Ruff, we know that s.Pz.Abt.501 had a Befehlstiger similar to this, with Zimmerit. This tank has no Zimmerit. We also know that s.Pz.Abt. 506 were issued Early Befehlstigers. So, let's assume that this Tiger was issued between those two other groups.
As a result, I think that this Tiger went to s.Pz.Abt. 509.