Super Heavy Tanks

Including Assault Guns and Self-Propelled Artillery

The Germans seemed to have had a fascination with ever larger tanks during World War II. Much of the "credit" for this fascination probably belongs with Hitler himself. Much like the V weapons, the jet fighters, and rocket fighters, the super heavy tanks were seen as "ultimate weapons" which would quickly turn the tide of war. They would be, hypothetically, unstoppable by all but the most extrodinary means.

Unfortunately for the Germans (but probably fortunately for the rest of us), the end result of most of the super projects the Germans undertook during World War II was the unnecessary diversion of resources away from more practical (and ultimatley vital projects). It is highly unlikely that any of these vehicles (aside from perhaps the Karlgerät) ever lived up to, or would have lived up to expectations.

Flakzwilling 8.8cm auf E-100/Maus

Panzerkampfwagen Bär

Panzerkampfwagen Löwe

Panzerkampfwagen 'Maus'