Super heavy tank Maus, Germany

Tank Museum in Kubinka collection of the exhibits , N6 Pavilion (armored vehicles of Nazi Germany — Third Reich)

German super heavy tank  «Maus» («Mouse», «Mousy» ) , 1944, a small serie  — a top heavy WWII tank

Designed in 1944. Issued three prototypes (? Two and a one prototype). On arms it was not involved. not be used in combat.

Super heavy tank PzKpfw VIII Maus

Немецкий сврехтяжелый танк "Маус" Кубинка

German super heavy tank «Mause»» (Kubinka tankmuseum collection)

Tactical technical characteristics of tank «Maus»:

  • Weight — 180 tons
  • Crew — 6 people
  • Overall dimensions (length x width x height) — 10000 x 3710 x 3700 mm.
  • Weaponry:  cannon —  N 1, caliber — 128 mm., amunition — 25 shots
  • cannon — N2 ,  caliber — 75 mm., amunition — 28 shots
  • machine gun — 2 pieces,  caliber — 7,92 mm.
  • The armor protection:  front — 200 mm.,  turret — 210 mm.
  • Engine power — 1750 hp
  • Maximum speed — 25 km / h
  • Cruising on the highway — up to 190 km.
  • Under water droving — OPVT system

 Mouse tank design features:

Base — the original

The overall layout — the engine mounted on the tank axis between the control room and the fighting compartment; the drive wheels are rear.

Weapons — Cannon caliber 128 mm, coupled with a 75 mm caliber gun and a machine gun; a sight periscope; there is, in addition to mechanical, electromechanical a drive turret.

Protection — housing welded from the rolled sheets; Chassis protected by the front and the sides of the screens 100 mm.

Chassis — a special motor (modification of aircraft type); a electromechanical power transmission; There are multi- roller caterpillar mover; suspension spring; Average specific pressure of 1.4 kg / cm2.