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Pz.Kpfw.VIII Maus - Art by Darfix Pz.Kpfw.VIII Maus - Art by Darfix
An extremely well drawn picture of my all time favorite historical tank, the Pz. Kpfw. VIII Maus! This 188 ton monster never got beyond the prototype stage, only two of them were built. Fortunately (for the results of the war), and unfortunately (for historical reasons), this monster was never fully brought into production, as it was difficult to not only think up ways to get it to the battle field, but to work on an engine that would be able to manuver it. The two prototypes were said to be destroyed before Russia invaded Berlin, but I disagree, considering there are pics on the net from Russian museums with a Maus tank in them... :O_o:

Well, comparing this beast to modern armor, the heaviest known tank today, would be the American M2 Abrams, weighing in at 86 tons (with a special attachment for removing land mines), so yeah, 188 tons would be remarkable would it not? Yikes, I would love to have a modernized version of one of these... XD
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SirMauser Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Good news though, WarGaming, in collaboration with the Kubinka Tank Museum, has started a project to restore the Maus to full working order. Soon, Maus shall roam the land again! MUAHAHAHA! 
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MercenaryGraphics Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The Maus never roamed anywhere.
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SirMauser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Well, it turns out the project is on hold anyways. Wishful thinking I guess.
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MercenaryGraphics Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
careful what you wish for.
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SirMauser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I think there is another vehicle being restored first, and then work on the Maus will begin. This is from what I've heard.
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Darfix Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I heard about this :O  That pretty shocking, but hey, they are pulling in a mint off their World of... Franchise, glad to see them do something cool with it :)
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
An impracticable design with a top speed of 8 mph and too heavy for most bridges. Because of its size and the fact it was barely moveable, it would have been a glorious target for any Allied bomber.

None of the tanks were used. There were three chassies in various stages of completion at the end of the war. One was going to be fitted for the defence of Berlin, but this never happened.

The Ratte, mounting a turret meant for an 11 inch gun cruiser and powered by 4 Uboat engines, and the Monster, mounting one of the Crimean siege guns, were even more impracticable.
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MiShiMaYuRi0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
>>>The two prototypes were said to be destroyed before Russia invaded Berlin, but I disagree, considering there are pics on the net from Russian museums with a Maus tank in them...

They took part in battle for Kummersdorf and were self-destructed. Maus in Kubinka is ONE Maus in the whole world, reconstructed by Russians from what remained of those two. It even was tested in USSR, but when it was put to the museum, all its inner parts were dismounted and given to scientific labs. So you have seen a hollow shell of this tank.
(If you'll visit Moscow, you can even get into tanks and see I'm true).
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Darfix Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, there is indeed a lot of theories and neat information about them out there. I remember reading something about one that was almost complete, but not complete, actually taking part in defending the facility where it was built. Probably not true but who knows.
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MiShiMaYuRi0 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
TWO of them - one complete and one not. They tried to defend not their facility, but KUMMERSDORF TESTING RANGE. BTW in "Fall of Berlin" movie (1949) you can see a prototype Daimler-Benz's Panther that were captured right there.
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WormWoodTheStar Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Last month I've bought a couple of old military booklets from communism period. One of them claimed that there were three Mauses actually built, of which one was captured at Kummersdorf proving ground and two were protecting important objects in Berlin. Your picture reminded me this book.

Note however that those booklets (known as "Seria Zółty Tygrys" - "Yellow Tiger Series") are filled with propaganda informations that are not neccessarly true or even totaly absurd compared to what we know now.
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Darfix Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That is very interesting. Based on the information in a realistic/accurate game I play about tanks, only one of them was actually fitted with armaments, but from what I gathered it was never really deployed in battle, but who knows?
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korpikaati Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
This is the most beautiful picture of Maus I have ever seen.
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Doom87 Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
MERKAVA III is the heaviest modern tank in the world...

But Maus is the "Mammuth"...unsurpassable
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Darfix Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, unsurpassed by all except this xD [link]
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maciekson Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Pfff... tiny tank :D...
check this out: [link]
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Darfix Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Seen.
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Doom87 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Ahh u know the Rattle...

Tell me, did u know the biggest gun even create?

Look BETTER, is not the railway cannon (800mm)...

Can u tell me?
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Raakone Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Nice pic. I read one of the problems with it was that it kept having stuff added to it, because Hitler himself took personal interest in it, and sometimes insisted on design changes...like going through a phase when he wanted a flame thrower...and it needed to have a large fuel tank for extended use. Once the final tank began production, it had problems. One of the "Mice" would damage the foundations of all buildings it passed on the road, and when it went off-road, it sank into the ground. This limited it. And its lack of speed meant it was a sitting duck for air strikes. One of them ended up being used as a stationary turret for defence. I read somewhere the tank also had a snorkel, so that it could cross rivers without the need of a bridge or ford...but that "sinking into the ground" problem would be a problem there.

There was an even larger tank that was being designed, "The Ratte", but the war ended before one could be built. It was supposed to be something like a ground battleship, or sort of like a Technodrome (forgive my weird references). Given the difficulties of the Maus, this would have been even more difficult.
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Darfix Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I never heard of the Ratte but obviously had to google it after you mentioned it. Damn xD The fact that the propulsion wasn't the problem (the size of it as a target was) is extremely interesting.

Thank you for bringing up yet another piece of historical awesome to my attention ^^
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Raakone Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
I just found out that there was an even MORE extreme tank on the drawing board for the Germans... [link] the "Monster." 1,500 metric tons, and a crew of 100. With the Maus problems apparent, the Monster was canceled at the same time as the Ratte.

And it's interesting that the guy placed in charge of the Maus project, a Volkswagen engineer named Otto Porsche...would later become associated with luxury cars.

It's not just tanks that are extreme for the Nazis...there was also a planned project for 3-metre gauge railway, to allow for wider trains. Getting a new railway gauge, and new locomotives and railcars for this, would have been impractical, especially during a war (it takes just one piece of rail missing, or one damaged joint, and you get a derailment)
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Darfix Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yes I discovered that one while looking for more info on the Ratte :O That is one insane cannon.

The thought of having to totally redo your railroad infrastructure for the sake of one weapon makes me laugh pretty good :P
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Darfix Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
My favorite part of the Wiki article is the pic showing its size compared to a human being ;p
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KlausVonWolfenstein Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Actually, the V1 prototype (No armament with dummy turret) survived, but the V2 prototype (with armament) was blown up by the Soviets in Kummersdorf, and the tank in Kubinka is the result of the Russians merging the V1 Chassis with the V2 turret.
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nikolai60 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
a massive tank that shattered windows when it moved, it's 155MM gun could put in a hole even in some modern armor units, the MAUS is the single largest tank ever created, but it's greatest weakness is it was overengineered, and under powered, it was far too slow to operate effectively on the battlefield, and too heavy and large to fight in any but the most ideal conditions. The MAUS' greatest strength if produced however, wouldn't be it's fighting capability, but the fact it existed. Both Panzertiger tanks were also underpowered for weapons of their caliber, but they gained their effectiveness by their mere presence. regardless of how well they truly operated, they scared the ** outta enemy soldiers, which was just as effective as a tank that actually compared to how they should have operated. The Tigers did that pretty effective, but the MAUS would take it to a new level.
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MelvWolfe Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I read it broke windows with the vibrations created when it did move.
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Darfix Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah that wouldn't surprise me at all xD The thing I found the funniest was that because the Germans lacked an engine powerful enough to move it they wanted to attach it to railway cars xD
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NA20-09 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
OMG!!!!!
THE DETAIL IS FRIKKIN EPIC O.O

Great job man^^
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Darfix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Well thanks but I didn't do this (I wish I did) XD

This is a google image I found, which is why it's in scraps. I uploaded it for some reason way back in the day, I forgot why xD
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NA20-09 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Well, it's still a great pic.
I'm glad somebody posted it^^
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Shego-Rocks Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
They were just 2 tanks. After the war the russians took the wrecks and assembled them to one tank. Some people say some later russian tanks based on the maus they have...
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MiShiMaYuRi0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
There never were Russian tanks based on Maus. Some Porsche's ideas were in various IS prototypes, but at last they were assumed to be non-effective for their price so no serial IS had Porsche's projects used in it.
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Darfix Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
All I know is I've seen pics of them on Google inside of a museum that is said to be Russian, so.
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WormWoodTheStar Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
It's Kubinka Museum. The Maus here was assembled from hull of Maus I and turret of Maus II. It lacks any interior equipment, however.
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MelvWolfe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
the ones in the museums are probably just replicas like many other such things, one was destroyed as it tried to retreat and the other I dont know
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Darfix Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly, I know one was destroyed by the Russians but the rest, who knows. Same thing with the two underwater aircraft carriers Japan had. One the US captured and when Russia demanded access to it it "sank" mysteriously. The other, I have no idea.
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MelvWolfe Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
never heard about those carriers before, they had many ideas back then....crazy British and their ideas of making an aircraft carrier out of ice
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Darfix Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
xD Yeah, I remember the ice carrier. Wish I remember the name of the underwater aircraft carriers though, they were pretty neat looking.
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SillyHat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
An incredibly ambitious plan, but those Germans sure could make some terrifying tanks in their days. Look up Ratte when you can.
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Darfix Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Couldn't agree more, were it not for the T-34, I think the German panzer divisions of those days would be invincible.
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dirtbiker715 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
At least Hitler did not build a whole friggin fleet of Maus or we would sure lost WW2.
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Darfix Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, the Maus really wasn't a tactically efficient weapon (I guess if it had thicker armor and could actually move it would have been), but even so, the two main reasons for Germany's defeat (in my opinion) was Hitler's invasion of Russia and his failure to listen to his generals about the D-day defense.

But yeah, even so, a huge fleet out Maus tanks would be insane just for the scare tactics alone xD
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dirtbiker715 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
Good thing we first used a Atomic bomb, and we wasted it to japan... Twice.
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AATC-86 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
Both prototypes where sent from their testing facility in Kummelsdorf to meet the soviets whom where getting closer. One of the tank's engines broke down shortly after leaving the facility, so the crew blew it up to deny it to the soviets. The second tank kept moving, and was later damaged in the turret. It is still uncertain if the damage was caused by actual combat versus the soviets, or if the engine broke down and the crew attempted to destroy this one as well.

The example that resides in the armor museum in Kubinka (Russia) is a hybrid between the two prototypes, combining the (relatively) undamaged turret from the first tank with the hull of the second one.

188 tons is ALOT, considering a blue whale weights 130 tons...

That artwork is the boxart from the 1/72 scale Maus tank model by Pegasus models. It's a very nice kit, I have it, but haven't built it yet. :)

Cheers.
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Constantinatus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
One of the prototypes was rumored to have fought in defense of the facility it was produced at.
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MiShiMaYuRi0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Yes, Kummersdorf testing polygon. Red Army obtained many curious prototypes there. For example, in "Fall of Berlin" movie (1949) you can even see an Daimler-Benz Panther prototype.
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Darfix Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
That wouldn't surprise me, it'd be kind of a shame to let these beasts go to waste considering the potential of their use.

I know on Seek and Destroy for PS2, the Maus has more defense than the M1A2 Abrams =P
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MiShiMaYuRi0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Any modern tank will easily get rid of this monster. It's era is over, time can't be stopped:-).
Theoretically nazis can mask it and use as an SPG, this gives some chances against ONE or TWO (maximum) tanks. Then it will be destroyed anyway.
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