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The Germans planned some of the biggest, most abstruse and interesting armored vehicles the world ever saw, especially during World War II. Today we will present you the ten heaviest. Today we will present you the ten heaviest. Number ten. Jagdpanzer VI “Jagdtiger”. Jagdtiger was the about 71 tons tank destroyer version of the Panzerkampfwagen Ausf. VI B “Tiger II”. The vehicle was equipped with a 12.8-cm Panzerjagdkanone, a modified version of 12.8-cm-KwK 44. However, the Jagdtiger was often armed with the 8.8-cm-PaK 43 L/71, the Jagdpanzer V “Jagdpanther’s” main gun, due to lack of 12.8 cm guns. The tank destroyer used the Maybach HL 230 engine with an output of 700 horsepowers. Thereby, the Jagdtiger was hopelessly underpowered. As the 12.8-cm shells were split into two parts, the Jagdtiger required a second loader, raising the crew to a total of six members. Jagdtiger with its three metres height, 10.6 metres length, 3.6 metres width and 71 tons weight is the heaviest armored vehicle that ever saw series production. 88 Jagdtigers were produced and used in combat. Number nine. Panzerkampfwagen E 75. The E 75 was part of the ‘Entwicklungsserie’ [Developement series]. The Germans tried to replace their previous tanks with this series. The plan was to equip E 75 with a 10.5-cm-KwK L/68 and the Maybach HL 234 engine with an output of 800 or 900 horsepowers. The weight would have been between 75 and 90 tons. No vehicles were ever manufactured. Number eight. K-Wagen. The K-Wagen, also known as Großkampfwagen, was a German developement during World War I, even starting before the completion of the A7V. The design was by Joseph Vollmer, the K-Wagen was to be produced by Wegmann & Co in Kassel. Armament should include four 7.7cm guns as primary weapons and seven MG 08 as secondary weapons, two flamethrowers were discarded before. Two Daimler-Benz engines with a total output of 1,300 horsepowers had given the monster a top speed of eight kilometres per hour due to power transmission. K-Wagen had weighed around 120 tons whith dimensions of 13 metres length, 6.1 metres width and three metres height. A crew of 27 men would have been necessary. By the end of the war, two K-Wagen were (partly) finished, but test drives the German post-war government asked for were prohibited by the Entente. As a result, both K-Wagen were scrapped. Number seven. Sturmmörser Bär. The Sturmmörser “Bär” [Bear] was Krupp’s design for a self-propelled artillery on the Tiger chassis. In order to carry the mighty 30.5 cm howitzer L/16, which was placed in the vehicle’s rear, the Tiger chassis had to be elongated to eight metres length. The total weight rose to about 120 tons. Six men would have been necessary as crew members. The alternative draft by Alkett, later known as Sturmtiger, prevailed, so the Sturmmörser “Bär” project was cancelled. No vehicles were ever manufactured. Number six. Räumer S. The Räumer S [Scraper S] was a design by Krupp for heavy mine-clearing vehicle for the German Wehrmacht. One prototype was built, however it was never tested and disappeared after World War II. Räumer S was about 15 metres long, three metres wide and four metres tall. Its high tare weight (around 130 tons) should detonate mines. The vehicle was to be powered by two Maybach HL 90 P 20-K engines with a total output of 700 horsepowers, eight men were destined as crew. Number five. Panzerkampfwagen E 100. Like E 75 E 100 was part of the ‘Entwicklungsserie’ [Developement series]. The draft was by the ‘Adlerwerke’, the tank pan was produced by Henschel, the turret by Krupp. The plan was to equip E 100 with a 12.8-cm-KwK 44 L/55, however, there were also plans for a 15-cm-KwK 44 L/38. For the latter, the Mausturret would have had to be modified and the complete pan elongated. The Mausturret was originally meant to be mounted on E 100. So its weight rose to about 140 tons. A 7.5-cm-KwK 44 L/36.5 and a MG 34 were provided as secondary armament. As the 700 horsepower engine of the Tiger could accelerate the E 100 to a top speed of 20 kilometres per hour, the Maybach HL 232 engine was developed. The engine using an exhaust gas turbocharger would have accelerated E 100 to a maximum speed of 40 kilometres per hour. However, it would have consumed about ten litres per kilometre. This would have been just mad regarding the catastrophic lack of fuel Germans had to face by the end of the war. The tank would have needed six men crew. By the end of the war, pan and running gear were completed. They were transported to Great Britan, tested and then scrapped. Number four. Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus. Maus [Mouse] was the heaviest tank project ever pursued. The concept was by Porsche, Alkett built the tank. The armour of the 188 tons tank was up to 220 mm thick. As for E 100, it was planned to equip the tank with a 12.8-cm-KwK 44 L/55 as primary armament and a 7.5-cm-KwK 44 L/36.5 and a MG 42 as secondary armament. The crew should use the 7.5 cm gun to focus on a target, so there would not be too many missed shots with the 12.8 cm gun since its ammunition was quite rare. A 1,080 horsepower Daimler-Benz engine was planned to drive the Maus. The tank was 10.09 metres long, 3.67 metres wide and 3.8 metres tall, with a six men crew. The first name was ‘Mammut’ [Mammoth], however, for camouflage reasons it was renamed Maus. By the end of the war two Mäuse [Mice] were nearly completed and tested near Kummersdorf. The Red Army captured Maus 205/2 in a blown up condition, however, Maus 205/1 was only slightly damaged. After numerous tests one tank was completed out of the two tanks. Today it is exhibited in a museum, Kubinka, Russia. Number three. Landkreuzer P.100 Ratte. The Ratte [Rat] was a never realized project that would have weighed around 1,000 tons. The project designed by Krupp was a 35 metres long, 14 metres wide and 11 metres tall tank equipped with a ‘Scharnhorst’-Class battleship turret. The gun’s calibre was 28 cm. One of the three guns was removed in order to save the complicated loading mechanism. Eight Daimler-speedboat engines with a total output of 16,000 horsepowers were planned to drive the behemoth. Eight 20 mm anti-aircraft guns were planned. 1943 the project was cancelled by Reich Minister of Armament Albert Speer. Number two. Landkreuzer P.1500 Monster. The Monster even topped the Ratte. The design made by Krupp planned the 80 cm gun ‘Schwerer Gustav’ [Heavy Gustav] as primary weapon of a gigantic self-propelled gun. The weight would have amounted to around 1,500 tons. The exact dimensions of many sources are contradictory, however, it is safe that this vehicle would have been absolutely massive. At least 100 men were needed as crew. Two revolving 15 cm-turrets were planned to serve as secondary weapons. Two or four submarine diesel engines with an output of 6,500 horsepowers each were planned to drive the Monster. In 1943 this project was cancelled by Albert Speer, too. Number one. Midgardschlange. In summer 1934, a design by Heinrich Ritter von Füchtbauer planned some kind of gigantic tank-serpent driving on crawler chains on land, under the earth and under the sea. The vehicle was intended to consist of 27 cells, each measuring six metres length. The Midgardschlange [Midgard-Serpent] would have been 399 metres long while being contracted, and 524 metres long while being stretched! For movement undergound and subsea, large drills were planned for the vehicle’s front, driven by nine enignes with a total output of 8,800 horsepowers. Engineering group ‘Ritter’ planned 14 engines with a total output of 19,800 horsepowers for the gigantic running gears. Twelve pairs of rudders were planned to be driven by twelve engines with a total output of 3,000 horsepowers. The vehicle was intended to carry 960 cubic metres of fuel – that is 960,000 litres! Furthermore, an electric kitchen, beedrooms with 20 beds, three workshops, one transmission facility with two radio operators and one fumigation system were planned. The Midgardschlange would have needed 30 men crew. 1,000 mines (250 kilogram), 100 smaller mines (10 kilogram) and 12 twin-machine guns were supposed to serve as armament. Unit price would have amounted to 30 million Reichsmarks, the designer suggested the construction of 20 of these vehicles. According to his plans, the Midgardschlange would have served to mine and thus destroy the French Maginot Line and enemy harbours. However, the project was rejected because the problems didn’t seem to be solvable and von Füchtbauer never provided concrete proposals for solution. On 28th of February 1935 the design files were returned. The total weight of this vehicle would have amounted to approximately 60,000 tons! This were ten of the heaviest German tank designs. Thank you for watching! Feel free to comment down below!