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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Old Tanks Prototypes no.1

I've decided to start a new series on this blog, I'm going to be posting a short infos about old tanks prototypes
each  Wednesday. I hope you will enjoy it :}.

During World War 2 around the early 1940's Germany had proposed two gigantic tanks called the P1000 "Ratte" and P1500 "Monster." Before these giants could be reality, they were cancelled.

P1000 "Ratte"

The Ratte's primary weapons would have been two 280 mm SK C/34 naval guns mounted in a modified naval heavy cruiser turret as used in the  Gneisenau class battleships, fitting two guns instead of three. One such turret was supposedly built before the project was canceled, although documentation of its whereabouts is missing. It is rumored that the prototype turret was used as a coastal gun emplacement in occupied Netherlands near Rotterdam, but it now appears this turret was actually built to the specifications of the Gneisenau class and was unconnected to the Ratte program.


    Weight           1,000 tonnes
      Crew             20+, possibly as many as 41
Operational
range
 120 miles (190 km)
Speed   40 km/h (25 mph)
P1000 "Ratte"


P1500 "Monster"
This "land cruiser" was a self-propelled platform for the 800mm Schwerer Gustav artillery piece also made by Krupp – the largest artillery guns ever fired for effect. Their 7 tonne projectiles fired up to 37 km (23 miles) and were designed for use against heavily fortified targets. Given its lack of a traversable gun, it was more of an extremely heavy self-propelled artillery piece.





P1500 "Monster"

Weight                        1,500 t
 Crew                           100+
Operational range     Unknown
Speed                         15 km/h (9.3 mph)










In 1943, Albert Speer, the Minister for Armaments, cancelled both projects.

25 comments:

Algorithmic said...

Holy shit the P1500 look like a bloody BEAST!!!

Watchtower Corp. said...

Dora, this post rang i bell in my brain
google "dora gun" and you'll see what im talking about

Triper said...

And this is one of my favourite post! i love this theme.

Keenan said...

Awesome post, my friend would love this, i'll direct him!

Cod Tips said...

Sweet blog, nice post too.

supertwiks said...

holy s* this thing kills everything in its sight

Cody said...

I love these old tank designs.

GhostDude said...

That thing is huge!
It wont be the mother of all tanks, but its queen!

DUKE SAMSON said...

WW2 would have been a hell of a lot crazier if both sides had held off for 10 years and developed these fucking beasts

füüsik said...

basically a moving fortress with big-ass guns. wow

Just Me said...

NOW THAT IS A TANK

Jenn said...

They shoulda gone through with the P1000 "Ratte"... Allies woulda crapped their pants when they saw it!

bingbloggt.de said...

wow...thanks

lazyMe said...

If I could have any one of those to commute to school...

JCF said...

haha the Nazis and there sense for glory. This tank would be total nonsense. 1st: easy to kill from aircraft 2nd: easy to kill by a commando unit
Also it would take too much fuel and was too heavy and slow to mobilize.
Normal artillery > monstertanks - monstertanks are only prestige

ShadowPunk said...

Insaneeeee. I am surprised they don't have one somewhere in EU now.

cheshire said...

Holy crap, they would have been able to fend off the allied invasion with these babies.

Jason said...

Great post! I like your blog!

LifeHacks said...

COD blog, I dig it and nice post about the Tank.

emosniper said...

omg, those tanks are huge!

wellpickedbooger said...

The Monster really is a freakin' monster. If I were in trench & saw one of those rolling my way, it would definitely scare the piss out of me!

Moobeat said...

interesting

m.m. said...

uhhh... the proportions are insane.

BKK said...

Weight 1000 tons, that's soooo unbelievable...

hev said...

The Ratte's so scary