E-100 Super Heavy Tank

Last updated on May 29th, 2019 at 11:22 pm

In the middle of 1943, the Germans began developing a new series of tanks called the E-series.  The E-100 Super Heavy Tank was the most advanced tank in this series.

The Germans used everything they had learned about tank warfare when they began designing the E-series, which included the E-10, the E-25, the E-50 and the E-100.

By the end of World War II, only one E-series vehicle, an experimental version of an E-100, had been built.

E-100 super heavy tank
This prototype was discovered by Allied forces in 1945, at the Henschel tank development center.  It looked like the Tiger Model B tank, but its armor plates were heavier, it was longer and wider, it had wider tracks and it had a new suspension system.

Although a turret was never fitted onto this E-100, it was supposed to have the same Krupp turret as the Maus, as well as the same weapons.

E-100 Super Heavy Tank captured by British in 1945

While a Tiger B H1 230 P30 engine was fitted to the E-100 for testing, the tank was designed to use a Maybach 12-cylinder “V” engine when in action.

The E-100 had a suspension that was made up of overlapping steel road wheels, with MAN disc springs, that were arranged in a series. The tank had a ground pressure of almost 20psi (1.4 kg/cm2).

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E-100 Super Heavy Tank

Active: 1945 (prototype)
Crew: 5
Weight: 137.8 tons (140,000kg)
Length: 33ft 8in (10.27m)
Height: 10ft 10in (3.29m)
Width: 14ft 8in (4.48m)
Weapons: Main – 6.77 in (17.2cm) gun, Secondary – 2.95in (7.5cm) gun, 0.312in (7.92mm) machine gun
Armor Maximum – 9.45 in (240mm)
Engine: Maybach HL 234 V12 gasoline, 700hp (for trials)
Speed: 24.9mph (40kph)
Range: 74.6 miles (120 km)