Not a lot of people today know the details of World War 2. Some know a few facts here and there, most of them pretty common and can often be found in history books or articles from the internet. But let’s dig a little deeper.
World War II, despite its atrocities and tragedies, was a time of immense technological innovations, particularly in warfare. Nazi Germany, for example, built a super tank called the Panzer VIII Maus.
The Maus’ purpose was to puncture holes in the enemy’s defensive lines without causing any damage to itself. It was designed by Ferdinand Porsche, the man behind the famous Porsche automobiles.
The tank was supposed to be called Mammut (Mammoth) but people began calling it Maus (Mouse) and the name stuck.
After seeing the model, Adolf Hitler ordered the production of 150 Maus tanks.
Despite the sturdy design, the super tank’s production ceased to a halt due to engine problems, resulting in only two successful versions. They came up with the Maus after an encounter with the Soviet Union after finding out how strong their army was.
The Maus has two main guns. The bigger gun was an anti-tank weaponry while the smaller gun is used against smaller armored vehicles.
The tanks were covered in an armored skirt. Because of the design, the crew inside couldn’t breathe when all the exterior hatches are closed. They had to install oxygen inside so that soldiers could last for extended periods of time. Despite the smart, strategic design, the Maus was so massive that it was too heavy to cross road bridges and rivers.
While the tank was built for the intense and powerful attacks, it didn’t have the necessary tools to resist a ground infantry- force attack. The production of the Maus was a waste of effort and time because it was never used in battle due to consistent engine problems. The first tank was destroyed by the Germans to prevent other countries from taking possession and the second one was taken by the Soviets when the Germans lost the war. It can be seen now in the Museum of Armed Forces in Kubinka, Russia.
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