EVERY member of the Tiger Tank family will be coming together for a unique display at Bovington's Tank Museum, it has been announced.

In what is billed as a world's first, the Dorset museum will be displaying its Tiger 1, two King Tigers, a Jagtiger and at least one other vehicle on international loan.

Currently, the US Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center has confirmed it will loan the museum their Elefant, based on the rejected Porsche Tiger chassis.

Museum staff remain hopeful this will be joined by a Sturmtiger from overseas.

A museum spokesman confirmed the new exhibition, to be unveiled in April next year, is aimed at enthusiasts of German armour and will feature previously unseen crew interviews and testimonies from those who faced them in combat.

Veteran accounts will include those who were present at the capture of Tiger 131, and the story of Gunner Joe Elkins, who knocked out three Tigers in his Sherman Firefly tank within a matter of hours in August 1944.

In an interview conducted before his death in 2012, Mr Elkins recalled: "We were in the orchard looking out over a couple of thousand yards of flat, plain land.

"Suddenly there were three Tigers coming across our front.We waited until they were about 800 yards. My commander said 'target the rear one' and I fired two shots at him and hit him.

"We pulled out again and fired at the second tank, hit him with the first shot and it went up in the explosion.

"By this time the first tank had realised what was going on and he started to look for cover, so it turned a bit towards us. We fired two shots at him and I hit him as well."