12,8cm KwK 44 L/55 Sawodny, M., Bracher, K. (1978). This website uses cookies to improve your experience. In March 1944, Porsche attempted to restart the Maus program after it was severely hindered by bombing raids. 44 (Maus)’) with a 7.5 cm gun. Get all 4 Tank Encyclopedia Magazine issues for 25% off! Only two hulls and one turret were completed before the testing grounds were captured by the advancing Soviet forces. Can’t help but notice some similarities between Maus and Me 262 projects. Type Technical Intelligence Summary Report 180 Appendix D This kept the gun-forwards in the turret, maximizing space inside, and simply required a large rounded casting on the front to protect them. Misc Specs Even after the original Maus hulls (3 to 6) were ordered scrapped in July 1944, work was continuing on models of the Maus II turret. Bearing in mind that, when Porsche first saw the Maus-turm on the full-sized mockup in May 1943, he disliked the curved front, concerned that it could deflect shells into the hull roof, it should be no surprise that the Maus II-turm would look quite different. Technical Intelligence Summary Report 182 Appendix F and G Technical Intelligence Summary Report 186 Appendix A One of the most iconic tanks in all of history had a second variant!? This contract is important, as it was exactly a week after the assessment of resuming production at Krupp was delivered. Interestingly, the two tanks were termed the Maus I and Maus II, and they had different engines. Gun Pak.44 on Pz.Jag. Rangefinder Most importantly, though, was the incorporation of Porsche’s concerns over the front shape. The original Maus turm was sat on a turret-race attached within a 2,959 mm diameter opening in the hull, allowing for the 2,388 mm diameter basket to rotate within it. British Report on ‘Experimental Super Heavy Tank ‘Mouse’ (Pz.Kpfw. Krupp was involved in creating an improved turret, which was known as the Maus II Turm. Germany (Deutsches Reich) Tiger (Pz.Kpfw. (11th October 1945). It is the heaviest fully enclosed armoured fighting vehicle ever built. It was the heaviest tank ever built in history. Maus byl vyzbrojen 128mm dělem s koaxiálním 75mm kanónem a jedním 7,92 mm kulometem. Great photo showing real size of Maus "Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus (Mouse) was a German World War II super-heavy tank completed in late 1944. The Maus II turm required a larger turret ring. US Army. The Maus is the definitive tank of heavy armourin Rank V and is the largest ground vehicle in game. (1950). War Office. Motor Buch Verlag Mounting the 7.5 cm gun on top of the 12.8 cm and with a vertical breech would leave it almost impossible to reload otherwise. Only prototypes were ever produced which were soon captured by the Red army. H, 8cm schwerer Granatwerfer 34 auf Panzerspähwagen AMR-35(f), Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. And by favoring their “own” tank designs, the people at kubinka only show how bigoted and childish they still are so long after the war. On 8th April 1944, a contract had been issued for an improved Maus turret to be modeled in 1:5 scale. Měla ho obsluhovat posádka 5–6 mužů. Jagdtiger and Maus gun mantlets can also be seen on the left. Visually, they would have been very similar, with only the slightly narrower rangefinder distinguishing the two from the outside. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. It could be assumed that a new order for Maus production in the form of Maus II would have led to a replacement of the twin-bogie system. The only existing model of the pzkpfw VIII can be seen in a Russian museum in kubinka near Moscow. That single complete prototype unit underwent trials in late 1944. The Maus was the greatest vehicle of this type to have ever been produced. Medium battle tank Panther II Medium battle tank Panther II (BR 7.0). Project 47: German Tank Losses. Technical Manual TM9-1985-3 German Explosive Ordnance (Projectiles and Projectile Fuzes) That is the only way I think the Maus would actually stand a snowball's chance in hell. More importantly, though, was that by sharing the same vertical axis, these two guns were now much easier to range for the new rangefinders being considered. ), 3.649 m high, 6 (commander, gunner, 2 x loaders, driver, radio operator), Est. Manufacturer(s) Additional weapons consisted of a 75-mm (3-inch) KwK 44 L / 36.5 gun with 200 rounds of ammunition. There were two versions of Maus, with the turret of the 2nd prototype (V2) and the hull of the first prototype (V1) recovered by the Soviets and now placed at the Kubinka tank museum. Following an Allied bombing raid of the Krupp plant on 4th August 1943, production of the Maus ground to a halt, with work on 30 hulls at various stages of completion. Subsequent trials showed that mobility improved, as the turret was a little lighter than the 55-ton dummy. One additional and rather speculative element to consider for a Maus II is the drive train. Just like the original Maus, the idea for Maus II was to partner the high velocity 12.8 cm gun (12.8 cm KwK.44 L/55, known as the ‘12.8 cm Kw.K. Post-war evidence also suggests that all of these hulls also had Maus-turm turrets welded-up ready for them, as these four hulls and turrets were found by Allied forces after the capture of Krupp’s factory and testing ground in 1945. Maus II, therefore, was not a recycling of one of the original Maus-turms, but a new turret and this was mentioned by Porsche when he requested a ‘Maus-II turm’ from Krupp. Secondly, it reduced the width of the gun mounting in the turret face, which meant a lighter mounting as well as a narrower hole being cut in the turret face. (1946). The E100 turret was announced as finished by 17th May 1944, yet work on Maus II turret was still continuing, suggesting further changes were still being considered, but after this date the project disappears. 7,5cm KwK 44 L/24 Krupp’s work on this new turret was underway by August 1944 in both options (the 1:5 and 1:10 scale models with and without the new rangefinder, respectively), but to make them he was forced to scavenge parts from the original 1:1 scale model for the first Maus turret which was at Kummersdorf. Technical Intelligence Summary Report 174 Appendix C I wish the Allies didn’t scrap/destroy the captured tanks of WW2. The only practical difference between the Maus II turm and the turret selected for the E100 design by Adler was that the armor on the turret was changed to reduce the weight. The earliest recovered documents for the Maus are dated 1/1/43, so it is almost certain the tank would have started life earlier than that. The Panzerkampfwagen Maus II is a German design for a super heavy tank. Panzerkampfwagen Maus und andere deutsche Panzerprojekte. (1953). It was impractical and also huge — so huge it holds the record for the heaviest fully-enclosed tank … Maus II is not just about the Holocaust, it is also about the tortured relationship between the author and his father. US Army. Yet, despite the impressive achievement of making this rolling behemoth, the vehicle stands as a testimony to the total waste taking place in the German industry and the inefficiencies inherent in the … The Maus is an easily recognisable vehicle, marking the largest and heaviest production tank of WW2. This medium battle tank was recently raised again in WT from BR 6.7 to BR 7.0. AFV Weapons Profile No.61. Koneckonců vnějÅ¡í nádrže s palivem byly zcela běžné např. It is debated to this day if the Maus ever saw combat, although Russian accounts say that it saw combat at the factory where one was captured and also during the Russian advance into Germany. Your email address will not be published. Keeping this arrangement would, in fact, have reduced the space so much that the 12.8 cm gun would not have been able to fit in the turret properly. Technical Information and Documents Unit, London. All about the tank: hidden stats, armor, 3D model This was not the same 7.5 cm gun as used on the Maus-turm. Koebe, H. (8th April 2019). For the Maus, it was a long-barrelled (to avoid gas from the propellant entering the hull-roof vents when it was fired) 7.5 cm gun (7.5 cm Kw.K. Panzer VIII Maus tank on a test run . 1942. június 8-án Hitler szóban megállapodott Porsche professzorral egy különlegesen nehéz harckocsi kifejlesztéséről, amelyet ironikusan Mausnak neveztek. In May 1943, after production had started, it was realized that, due to manufacturing tolerances on the very substantial side armor plates, the first hulls were ‘out-of-gauge’, namely they were too wide for the standard rail width in Germany. Intelligence Bulletin March 1946. VIII Maus is a rank V German heavy tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB) and 7.7 (RB/SB). The result of this bombing was that there was an interruption in production which led to a scaling-down of production followed by the cancellation of the project in November 1943. The Maus was the largest tank of the war and the largest tank in history (unless you count the proposed Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte). Any tank museum worth a day would be glad to have both in running condition. Dr. Porsche had always favored torsion bars and had adopted external horizontal torsion bars for his Tiger P/Elefant/Ferdinand. (25th October 1944). In actual tank-on-tank encounters the German armor performed poorly, but as a coherent unit, the combined arms tactic of the Blitzkrieg shocked the Allies. A new, larger and more resilient external torsion bar system could therefore easily be seen as a logical development in Maus II from Dr. Porsche if it had been ordered back into production. The Maus is an easily recognisable vehicle, marking the largest and heaviest production tank of WW2. Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus was a German World War II super-heavy tank completed in late 1944. The Maus II turret was too large for the original Maus hull and, at the very minimum, would have necessitated the removal of the original hull roof and replacing it with a ring large enough to take the new turret. T-35 is quite impressive-looking with multiple turrets. Meanwhile, work on the Maus II continued. Super Heavy Tank Firstly, mounting the 7.5 cm gun higher up ensured no gases could go into the hull roof-vents even with the shorter barrel. The Maus can be a menace in the battlefie… A (Sd.Kfz. Maus is one of the most famous German tanks. In August 1944,Krupp informed Wa Prüf 6 that they had begun work on the scale models of the Maus II Turm on 12 August 1944, they were using components from the Maus I Turm. However, it was not until March 1944 that Hitler would intervene. Spielberger, W. (1998). Jentz, T., Doyle, H. (2008). Even though the Maus was effectively dead as a project by November 1943, the story for the vehicle and even for a possible follow-up ‘Maus II’ was far from over. The Maus is the heaviest tank in the anime series (weighing over 188 metric tons), the turret alone weighing more than a Panther. auf schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t, 8cm R-vielfachwerfer auf Fahgestell S 303(f), leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (schwerer Granatwerfer), 5cm PaK 38 (Sf) auf leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t, 7,5cm PaK 40 (Sf) auf Fahrgestell S 307(f), leichter Schützenpanzerwagen mit Sfl 5cm PaK 38 L/60, Panzerjäger S307(f) mit 7,5cm PaK 40 L/46, kleines Kettenkraftrad für Feldkernkabel, kleines Kettenkraftrad für schweres Feldkernkabel, leichter gepanzerter Beobachtungskraftwagen, mittlerer gepanzerter Zugkraftwagen S303(f), 2cm FlaK 30 auf Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Type 166, schwerer geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen 4,5t Mercedes-Benz L4500A als Flakwagen für 3,7cm FlaK 36, Selbstfahrlafette auf Fahrgestell VOMAG 7 OR 660 mit 8,8cm FlaK 36, https://firearmcentral.fandom.com/wiki/Panzerkampfwagen_Maus_II?oldid=24659, Full title: PANZER TRACTS No.6-3 Schwere Panzerkampfwagen Maus and E 100 development and production from 1942 to 1945, Authors: Thomas L. Jentz, Hilary Louis Doyle, Full title: PANZER TRACTS No.20-1 Paper Panzers Panzerkampfwagen, Sturmgeschuetz, and Jagdpanzer. Historical Division European Command. At this time, the Maus was still mounting a test-weight ‘turret’ known as the Einsatzgewicht to load the hull as if a turret was mounted. Pen and Sword Publications, Sawodny, M., Bracher, K. (1978). Panzer Tracts No.6-3 Schwere Panzerkampfwagen Maus and E 100. One thing less considered is the suspension. Obviously, any upgunning of the E100 turm to a 15 cm or 17.4 cm gun would cement the visual differences between the two. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. At this time, production of the original Maus vehicle had already begun, with the project having been approved for mass production shortly beforehand. Porsche, F. Bericht Uber die Werksorprobung des Typ 205/1 in Böblingen von 11.1 – 3.2.1944 Whether or not Maus II would have retained the electric transmission of the Maus or would have adopted a hydraulic or mechanical transmission is not clear, but given a demand to save weight and reduce the use of strategic materials (such as the copper in the electric transmission), a switch or at least consideration of a switch is also very likely. Motor Book Verlag, Flying Dragon | WZ-141 Super Light Model Anti-Tank Fighting Vehicle, WZ-141 Super Light Model Anti-Tank Fighting Vehicle. Development did not proceed further. The Maus was an enormous waste — and not the war-winning weapon the Nazis hoped it would be It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Nazi Germany (1944) Super Heavy Tank – None built. Likely, it was simply canceled by the end of the year as redundant. Analysis of the information about this turret shows that this latter conclusion cannot be correct. Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus (Mouse) was a German World War II super-heavy tank completed in late 1944. The full-scale wooden model of the original Maus turret was to be reworked with Maus II features. Firstly, the turret ring was to be enlarged on the hull to accommodate this new and improved turret, which would also make it more stable and make the vehicle less cramped. It was trapped in the prototype stage. A second hull would follow later and would be paired up with a finished Maus-turm and be used for testing, but, for all intents and purposes, by the end of 1943, the Maus idea was dead in the water. At this time, the Maus II-turm did not exist outside of some sketches of the initial design, as a contract for the production of a 1:5 scale Maus model with Maus-II turm was not issued until 8th April 1944. Likewise, the fact that hulls 3 to 6 for the Maus were not, in fact, scrapped has also been seen as evidence supporting the idea that Maus II was not much more than an improved turret for the original hull. The story of the Maus II, an improved version of the Maus, is a complicated one and one for which the entire story may never be known. There really isn't a chance for the Maus unless the battle starts with the Maus right behind the modern tank with the gun pointing down into the engine bay. Maus I The Maus was an enormous waste — and not the war-winning weapon the Nazis hoped it would be. The rush to deliver the Maus meant that production began quickly by Krupp and was well underway by the summer of 1943. 12.8cm A.Tk. This production though would be starting from hull number 8 (for which armor had been cut) onwards. British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee. Place of Origin Bearing in mind the first 7 vehicles would in the event of a resumption of production clearly be finished as Maus with the Maus-turm, it is a fair assumption that plans for this second turret would be intended for hulls 8 onwards, with a potential to finish at 22 tanks in this manner using the armor already available (for the hulls). Of course Hitler had to go them one better. But Maus is huge with big guns and such, very impressive. Designed by Motor Book Verlag At 188 tonnes, it is the heaviest operational tank ever made by any nation at any time in any war and was made despite the shortages of raw materials, industrial capacity, and manpower at the time in Nazi Germany. Hitler jumped from one fad and crazy idea to another. Tiger B Chassis) Sd.Kfz.186 JAGDTIGER. The E100 turret offered much less protection than the Maus II turret and, at only 35 tonnes, significantly lighter than the 50+ tonne turret of Maus II. US Army. Scale model of turret only Armament March 1944 - ? Daimler Benz MB 517 V-12 Petrol 44.5 litre – 1,200 hp @ 2,500 rpm. It is not even clear quite when Maus II was completely terminated, as work on the turrets was still going on in August 1944, a month after the spare Maus hulls were ordered scrapped. Gone was the curved front and it was replaced with a single flat plate angled back. The tank remained at Böblingen until early October when orders were given to move it to Kummersdorf. Koebe, H. (8th April 2019). The only major change this required was the switch to a horizontal breech for the 7.5 cm gun so it could be loaded from the side. Frohlich, M. (2016). Krupp was involved in creating an improved turret, which was known as the Maus II Turm. On 16/17 April 1944, Wa Prüf 6 met with Krupp to discuss improvements for the vehicle. Number Built Maz Online.de at https://www.maz-online.de/Lokales/Teltow-Flaeming/Luckenwalde/Koebe-Fabrik-von-Hermann-Koebe-in-Luckenwalde-vor-140-Jahren-gegruendet, Ludvigsen, K. (2018). This permitted just 2 hulls and a single turret to be finished. The mounting of that gun had caused problems because the position it occupied meant that fumes from the muzzle after firing could be drawn down into the engine bay, meaning that instead of a 7.5 cm L/24 gun the barrel had to be lengthened to avoid the problem. The Pz.Kpfw. The model was to have the same armament as the original Maus, a 12.8 cm gun paired with a 7.5 cm gun, but rather than being side by side with each other like on the original Maus, these were to be stacked: the 7.5 cm gun was to be mounted above the 12.8 cm gun. Following Hitler’s demands, an assessment at Krupp was clear that production could, in fact, restart and that hulls 3 to 7 had been welded up and were sat in the armor workshop. 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