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ARRothe #1 Posted 30 March 2014 - 02:52 PM

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There are many different tank designs in World of tanks. Some are legendary parts of history that carried not just games, but entire wars ( Like the T-34). Others are rare never-built prototypes that Wargaming have lifted from the drawing board and brought to life in game, giving us a great impression of what they would have been like ( Like the E- __ series German tanks/TD's ). I just thought I'd share with you a few of my favourite 'wacky tanks' .... tanks that were obsolete by the time of development, were way too impractical, and even one or two we know nothing about......

 

Let's kick off with the biggest tank on the list:

 

1) The infamous Landkreuzer P 1000 ... known as the Ratte.

That's a simple diagram showing a size comparison between the Ratte, a Tiger tank and a Maus tank. Yeah ... the Ratte is pretty huge.  To be precise, it's 35 meters long, 14 meters wide and 11 meters high. It's about the size of a small warehouse. Main armament would consist of two 280mm cannons, mounted in a modified naval turret on the top of the tank. Other armaments were to include a Pak44 L/55 ( The same cannon used by the Jagdtiger) mounted somewhere on the vehicle, along with various 1.5cm auto-cannon and multiple 20mm flak guns. It would have rooms for storage, it's own toilet network and a small infirmary in case any of the crew of between 20-41 soldiers were injured. It could even carry a pair of BMW motorcycles inside a small vehicle bay for recon duty. This thing truly was a fortress on tracks....

German Armaments minister Albert Speer cancelled the project in 1943, before any prototypes were constructed. A mammoth machine ... but maybe just a little too insane and not really that practical....

 

 

2) In WWI, the British and french were leading the way with tank development. Even the Germans started developing tanks near the end of the war, producing 20 of their A7V Sturmpanzerwagens. However, the Russians had also been designing an armoured vehicle. This very odd looking machine is the Tsar Tank.....

Development of this tank started in 1914. The vehicle consisted of two large wheels at the front and one at the back, with guns mounted on sponsons in the middle section. The massive front wheels were around 9 metres in diameter, and were supposed to make it easy for the tank to cross rough terrain. In practice however, the vehicle simply wasn't effective , a point proven in trials conducted before the Russian High Commission in 1915. The vehicle was slow, vulnerable to artillery and got bogged down easily. It was left to rot at it's test site 60km from Moscow, where the Soviets finally scrapped it in 1923. However, the legacy of this contraption lives on in the form of the Separatist Hailfire tanks seen in the prequel Star Wars films, the design of which was based in part on the Tsar tank.

 

 

 

3) The third and final vehicle in my list is a very mysterious machine. Compared to the size of the Ratte, this vehicle sits right at the other end of the tank spectrum. Meet the Kugelpanzer......

This mysterious vehicle currently rests in Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia. If The Chieftain tried going inside the hatch on this one , well ... he'd be done in 2 minutes. We know very little about this odd machine, save for 5 facts.

- It was made in Germany and shipped to Japan

- It's intended use was for reconnaissance

- Soviet forces found it in Manchuria in 1945

- It's hull armour is just 5mm thick.

-It's powerhouse is a single cylinder 2 stroke engine

This machine carries no armament of any kind, and was probably just used for recon purposes. As you can tell from it's tiny size, it had a crew of just 1. And that's it. Very odd machine, and maybe one day more information about it will come to light. This thing would certainly get the attention of any enemy it encountered....

 

 

 

That's it. Those are 3 out of the many, many crazy, wacky prototype tanks that have never seen the light of day on a battlefield. If you have a favourite prototype tank design, please, share it below in the comments. I love learning more about these peculiar machines. :). Thanks for reading :)

 

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Now now, you can not forget the Landkreuzer P. 1500. Main armament 800mm and for secondary two 15cm sFH 18. Also we can not forget the multiple MG 151s. I forgot to mention it was to be powered by four U-Boat engines. Hmm can we have this in the game? 


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View PostJMM782, on 30 March 2014 - 04:01 PM, said:

Now now, you can not forget the Landkreuzer P. 1500. Main armament 800mm and for secondary two 15cm sFH 18. Also we can not forget the multiple MG 151s. I forgot to mention it was to be powered by four U-Boat engines. Hmm can we have this in the game? 


This is a quick article, I just picked 3. And eh, I'd call the P1500 an SHSPG. Super heavy Self propelled Gun xD lol


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But you must admit, it was a ridiculous design. It would be stuck in one area, no bridge could ever hope to support it, it would be easy pickings for bombers due to its slow speed. But still, the amount of damage this vehicle could put out would be impressive. 


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Landkreuzer P 1000 ... known as the Ratte.

 

 

Im guessing this is this tank you see in some other games and films, eg. In the first Captain America film you see a huge German tank servral times.

 

 

 



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Don't think they would put it in the game. Unless they did a special game type where you have two of those against 28 other tanks.

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View PostJMM782, on 30 March 2014 - 04:14 PM, said:

But you must admit, it was a ridiculous design. It would be stuck in one area, no bridge could ever hope to support it, it would be easy pickings for bombers due to its slow speed. But still, the amount of damage this vehicle could put out would be impressive. 


Yep. When those 800mm guns were first used, people must have assumed they were being bombed by a Zeppelin. There was no warning sound , like you'd get with conventional bombers. The shells just flew in from nowhere. Must have been pretty terrifying.....


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View PostJMM782, on 30 March 2014 - 04:01 PM, said:

Now now, you can not forget the Landkreuzer P. 1500. Main armament 800mm and for secondary two 15cm sFH 18. Also we can not forget the multiple MG 151s. I forgot to mention it was to be powered by four U-Boat engines. Hmm can we have this in the game? 

the P1500 Monster, it makes the p1000 Ratte look like a child lol.


 

 


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Hello ARRothe & all

Thanks for the article it was a excellent read and very educational :smile:

 

However about the Ratte ....

 

 

 

I like the Maus at the beginning it was like .... Umm what's that thing! :veryhappy:

 

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Great post . I did not know about the Kugelpanzer. 

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View PostIPaul72, on 30 March 2014 - 12:45 PM, said:

Hello ARRothe & all

Thanks for the article it was a excellent read and very educational :smile:

 

However about the Ratte ....

 

 

 

I like the Maus at the beginning it was like .... Umm what's that thing! :veryhappy:

 

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Ahh i remember this old april fools joke lol



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View PostSovietdeath, on 30 March 2014 - 07:13 PM, said:

 

Ahh i remember this old april fools joke lol

i do also, oh and the zombie game mode, that was a great april fools as well lol. but i really wish the zombie mode wasnt a joke lol.


 

 


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Lol at the video about the Ratte.

 

On a side note, I just found the KV-VI Russian Experimental tank. For some reasons I couldn't seem to get a picture up, but you can look it up if you want. Another land ship.


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View PostIPaul72, on 30 March 2014 - 06:45 PM, said:

Hello ARRothe & all

Thanks for the article it was a excellent read and very educational :smile:

 

However about the Ratte ....

 

 

 

I like the Maus at the beginning it was like .... Umm what's that thing! :veryhappy:

 

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kugle blitz or ball lightning was a flack panzer, to give the panzers aa protection on the fields,a fully enclosed mouting with two 30mm cannons from a plane,as most previous flack tanks just dident throw up enough flack with slow and underpowered aa,damiler benz were manufacturing them when the war ended so only two were produced, on panzer 4 bodies but no evidence of there actual use on the field,one turret is in the tubrinka museum in russia

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The German/US MBT 70 was a pretty outlandish tank. Or the Swedish "S" tank.

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View Posttar callion, on 20 May 2014 - 10:09 PM, said:

kugle blitz or ball lightning was a flack panzer, to give the panzers aa protection on the fields,a fully enclosed mouting with two 30mm cannons from a plane,as most previous flack tanks just dident throw up enough flack with slow and underpowered aa,damiler benz were manufacturing them when the war ended so only two were produced, on panzer 4 bodies but no evidence of there actual use on the field,one turret is in the tubrinka museum in russia

 

A fairly complete turret was discovered in a forest in Germany in 1999, it showed damage that could only be caused due to combat, this is the third known turret in existence.


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View PostJMM782, on 30 March 2014 - 09:14 AM, said:

But you must admit, it was a ridiculous design. It would be stuck in one area, no bridge could ever hope to support it, it would be easy pickings for bombers due to its slow speed. But still, the amount of damage this vehicle could put out would be impressive. 


and no bridge could ever support the Maus so the germans had a design where since engines can't run under water and since the maus used an electrical transmission, you would hook up one Maus to another and have it siphon power off of the one sitting on a river bank and it would drive underwater to cross a river


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The Tsar wins this hands down. The Maus, Ratte and Monster are pretty much just slightly more mobile gun emplacements that given air superiority would have been slightly less ridiculous.

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you forgot the landkruezer arty

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