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Posted by: Von Maybach January 27, 2004 02:31 pm
I created this topic for everyone to post pics of the most unusual WW2 tanks and vehicles... in AXIS or ALLIED use. I'll start by posting some extreme german and russian designs:



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KT-40 flying tank prototype (made in the '30's)
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Posted by: Von Maybach January 27, 2004 03:02 pm
Panzerkampfwagen VIII "Maus":
3 prototypes built only one surviving...

Weight: 188000kg
Crew: 6 men
Engine: Daimler-Benz MB 509 / 12-cylinder / 1080hp (V1)
Daimler-Benz MB 517 Diesel / 12-cylinder / 1200hp (V2)
Fuel Capacity: 2650-2700 liters + 1500 liters in reserve tank
Speed: 13-20km/h
Range: Road: 160-190km
Cross-Country: 62km
Lenght: 10.09m
Width: 3.67m
Height: 3.63m

128mm KwK 44 L/55 & 75mm KwK 44 L/36.5
1 x 7.92mm MG34
Ammo: 128mm - 55-68 rounds
75mm - 200 rounds

Armor (mm/angle):
Turret Roof: 60/90
Gun Mantlet: 250/round
Front Turret: 220-240/round
Superstructure Roof: 50-100/9
Front Glacis Plate: 200/55
Hull Front: 200/35
Belly Plate Fore: 100/90
Side Turret: 200/30
Hull Side Upper: 180/0
Hull Side Lower: 100+80/0
Rear Turret: 200/15
Hull Rear Upper: 150/37
Hull Rear Lower: 150/30
Belly Plate Aft: 50/90

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Alkett-Raümgerät -prototype mine clearer

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Posted by: dragos January 27, 2004 07:45 pm
KV-7-II prototype

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Posted by: Von Maybach January 27, 2004 08:44 pm
Oau!!! That KV-7-II looks like one of those cool Command and Conquer twin barrelled tanks... hm... what are those ? twin 76mm?

ok, another "rolling thunder":
the Calliope rocket Sherman:
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and some mine clearering versions of Sherman
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Just imagine one of those rolling towards your dugout! smile.gif

Posted by: Florin February 01, 2004 06:03 am
Panzerkampfwagen VIII \"Maus\":
3 prototypes built only one surviving...

I think only one "Maus" was a fully operational vehicle.

There was a also one full scale model, made by wood, and able to move, but that cannot be counted as prototype.

There were also 6 in various stages of construction, but as I said, only one was a fully operational vehicle. The real speed was little over a half compared with one hoped at design.

Posted by: DevanG February 09, 2004 07:55 pm
the t-35 was a heavy tank , with a 76.2 mm howitzer , 2 turrets with 37 mm cannon , and 2 7.62 mm machinegun turrets , one of each in front and one of each in back ...
it had a crew of 10 , but it had severe drawbacks on maneuvrability .. it was very hard to turn , and had a light armour , besides this , it would of undoubtedly been the center of any battlefield , because it is pretty hard to ignore and to miss it ...
about 50-100 were made .. almost nothing ..

the calliope sherman is quite famous ...
do you know that a chinese copy of the vickers 6 ton tank was used with strapped on wings and tail asa a glider .. don't have a picture though ...

as to the sherman with the big wheels ...
i suppose it was a mine clearing variant but : and there is a big but ...
as i can see in the picture it had actually the front 2 wheels linked to the engine through a rather .. easy to damage system actually so , if it was hit seriously .. i think it was much more vulnerable that the normal sherman ...


Posted by: DevanG February 09, 2004 10:55 pm
that kv-7 looks like it has the chassis of the kv-1 tank ... have to check though ..

there is in existence a similar version as that kv-7 with 2 recoiless rifles of 106 mm , 8 shots overall , on a very light armored chassis ( armous below 30 mm ) , it was used as a tank destroyer by the jappanese in the 1960's i think ...

have to check on that too ...

ps : those 2 sherman mine clearings , look just like some of the special versions emplyed for the landing in normandy especially ...
take a look at some more :


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