Why 879 Men for 45 Tigers?

The authorized strength of a Heavy Tank Battalion (Schwere Panzer-Abteilung) was 45 Tigers, yet such a unit also around 879 men assigned. The question is, why so many men for just 45 tanks? In this video we look at the organization of a Tiger Battalion based on German Tables of Organization and Equipment (TOE) or as the Germans called them Kriegsstärkenachweisungen (KStN).

A row of seven large tanks lined up with their long guns pointing up at an angle, as if saluting.

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