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Hitler’s Ridiculously Large Supertank That Could Never Be Put into Action

By Andrew Alpin, 22 November

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The Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte was supposed to be an enormous super tank that Nazi Germany could use during World War II. With Hitler’s approval, Krupp designed it in 1942, but Albert Speer canceled the project in early 1943, so no tank was ever made. The P-1000 would have been five times heavier than any Panzer VIII Maus, which was the biggest tank ever made.

10 The largest and heaviest tank ever created

The biggest and heaviest tank would have been the Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte- Hitler’s 1,000-Ton Super Tank. Hitler pushed for the creation of this extraordinarily large tank during World War II. It is one of the most powerful yet least useful weapons ever made. It was 115 feet long and weighed 1,000 tons, which was five times heavier than the heaviest tank ever made.

The largest and heaviest tank ever created

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9 It might have looked like a land-based battleship

The unusually large tank would have had a rotating turret with two linked battleship cannons that could fire 280mm shells at their enemies. It would also have had a lot of other small arms and anti-aircraft weapons. It would have needed a crew of 40 people to run, and its vehicle bay would have been big enough to hold a reconnaissance motorcycle squadron.

It might have looked like a land-based battleship

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8 The tank’s steel made it nearly invincible

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The tank had three 69-foot-long treads on each side to make this behemoth move. In addition, its 300-ton armor was made of 10 inches of hardened steel that covered the whole tank. This would have made it nearly impossible to attack from the ground.

The tank’s steel made it nearly invincible

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