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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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:iconhobbitshire:
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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:iconmishimayuri0:
>>>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 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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:iconmishimayuri0:
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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:iconwormwoodthestar:
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 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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:iconkorpikaati:
This is the most beautiful picture of Maus I have ever seen.
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:icondoom87:
MERKAVA III is the heaviest modern tank in the world...

But Maus is the "Mammuth"...unsurpassable
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Darfix May 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, unsurpassed by all except this xD [link]
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:iconmaciekson:
Pfff... tiny tank :D...
check this out: [link]
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