Bizarre Military Inventions That Almost Saw Deployment of Maus

The Allies werenā€™t the only ones in World War II who had some bizarre ideas up their sleeves.Ā Adolf…

Bizarre Military Inventions That Almost Saw Deployment of Maus
Bizarre Military Inventions That Almost Saw Deployment of Maus

The Allies werenā€™t the only ones in World War II who had some bizarre ideas up their sleeves.Ā Adolf HitlerĀ particularly desired an indestructible superheavy tank. He proposed it in 1942, but few others at the top of the German military shared his enthusiasm for the idea. The Maus (ā€œmouseā€) was a 200-ton behemoth of a tank designed by Ferdinand Porsche, but it was plagued with mechanical problems from the start.


The driveshaft especially suffered from constant failures. Despite a massive Daimler-Benz aircraft engine powering the motors, the tankā€™s top speed was only 19 kilometers per hour (12 mph). It featured armor that was more than 23 centimeters (9 in) thick, but the Maus didnā€™t have a single machine gun to make it suitable for close combatā€”and the considered opinion of the top German brass was that it would find itself in closeĀ combatĀ often.

There were plans to make 150 of these tanks, but the concerns of the generals couldnā€™t be overcome. In the end, only two prototypes were completed.

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