Part 1:  Landkreuzer P1000 Ratte origins of the myth Landkreuzer P1500 Monster the origins of myth Landkreuzer P1500 Monster was a further developement of Landkreuzer P1000. It was a Krupp proposal in December 1942.  The vehicle basically was a Dora / Schwerer Gustav on tracks. It would have to share the same gun of Dora, a huge […]

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Landkreuzer P1000 Ratte origins of the myth The origins of Landkreuzer P1000 Ratte came from a E. Grotte’s project. In 1941 Grotte was working on development of U-Boat for Krupp. In June 1942 he sent a proposal to Hitler for a new landcruiser. He designed a 1000tons (984ton) vehicle that impressed Hitler . The Fuhrer […]

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Japanese Tank Destroyer Ka-To Following Na-To tank destroyer, Japanese Army in 1943 developed another open-top tank destroyer, the Anti Tank SPG Ka-To. A 10cm Type 5 gun (penetration: 150mm at 1000metres with APHE, 175mm with AP) was mounted on a open top ATSPG. A 400hp diesel engine was mounted at the front and driver seated […]

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The chassis of Type 95 Ha-Go was used to create an experimental self propelled gun: Type 4 Ho-To. It’s a rare SPG, only a single prototype was built in 1944. The turret of light tank Ha-Go  was removed and replaced with an open structure fitted with a type 38 120mm howitzer. The casemate was shielded […]

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Japanese Tank Destroyer Ho-Ri I Toku The Ho-Ri I was a project of Tank Destroyer based on chassis of Type 5 Chi-Ri medium tank. This experimental project never got past the mock-up stage. It resembles the Ferdinand Porsche tank destroyer Elefant. It had a weight of 45tons and was armed with a 105mm experimental gun […]

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In the thirties, the French army made a project called “Char Moyen d’Infanterie de 20 tons.” The point was to create a  20ton tank for support infantry armed of 75 mm howitzer  in the front, a 47 mm in a rotating turret and at least a machine gun. Seven large French companies, including the Lorraine de Dietrich, responded […]

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T88 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage The T88 was a howitzer motor carriage based on a chassis of M18 (Hellcat). The develop of a mobile howitzer began on 31 August 1944. The tank was to be armed with the 105mm M4, a howitzer developed for use in medium tanks. The vehicle armed with this gun was […]

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Stanislaw Lem Tank Czolg P Pancernik Stanislav Lem, the famous Polish writer of science fiction, on October 1944 wrote a letter, Projects of technical innovations in defense industry, to Polish State Defense Commitee. The letter included illustrations and technical projects to help Red Army against the Nazi Germany.  The project N1 (item n1) showed a vehicle named […]

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part 1: T23 USA medium tank part 2: T23 USA medium tank remote control T23E3 USA medium tank The T23E3 was the next step on development of post-war USA medium tank. In April 1943 the Ordnance Committee recomended to mount torsion bar suspension on T23. The new tank was designated T23E3. Two prototype were built by […]

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