Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus (“Mouse”) was a German World War II super-heavy tank completed in late 1944. It is the heaviest fully enclosed armoured fighting vehicle ever built. Five were ordered, but only two hulls and one turret were completed, the turret being attached, before the testing grounds were captured by advancing Soviet military forces.

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  1. ᛋᛉᚺ|ᛟᚾ · July 2, 2017

    Admittedly this was a blunder like many wonder-weapons, the money spent on such failures would have been better directed into the Horton program instead. The Maus was an interesting proof of concept yet wholly impractical.

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    • vikinglifeblog · July 2, 2017

      I believe, that you are right. Wonder-weapons would in general open the door for new technologies.
      Something that was a luxury they couldn’t afford.


      • ᛋᛉᚺ|ᛟᚾ · July 2, 2017

        A luxury of experimentation which thoroughly ruined their budget. We can see the positive and negatives of both typically positive for the victors at the cost of Germans.

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    • vikinglifeblog · July 2, 2017

      You are absolutely right!

      I ment sometimes and not something “that was a luxury they couldn’t afford.”


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