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Tog II

The Tog II was a development of the Tog I, a British tank. The diesel V12-powered tank was conceived with the idea that tough terrain and tough conditions similar to World War I would necessitate a heavier duty machine, but it never made it out of the prototype stage when World War II changed in such a way that it was deemed unneeded. 1)


The German-built Jagdtiger (translation: Hunting Tiger) was a beast, measuring about eleven meters in length and weighing 83 tons when fully loaded with ammunition and crew. The tank's design concept was that bigger had to be better, however due to poor reliability, the few that were produced were abandoned on the battlefield.2)

T30 Heavy Tank

The T30 was an American-made heavy tank that saw limited action due to its development coming to a close as WWII came to a close. The T30 weighed 145,000 pounds and was outfitted with a powerful 155 mm main cannon, as well as two machine guns for backup. The T30, which was essentially a stillborn concept, would have been a brute in wartime exercises. 3)

T28 Super Tank

The T28 Super Tank is the largest tank ever constructed for the United States Military and is yet another example of a big tank being finished in prototype form but never making it to the battlefield. It was eleven meters long and weighed 95 tons loaded, believing that such a machine was required to fight Hitler's army. 4)

Panzer VIII Maus

The Panzer VIII Maus was another German tank that was not only enormous and nasty, but also extremely heavy. Though the beast weighed nearly 200 metric tons, it was also too heavy to reach anything resembling cruising speed and would struggle to traverse most bridges. Before Germany was overtaken, just two prototypes were built. 5)

Landkreuzer P. 1500 Monster

The Landkreuzer P. 1500 Monster only existed on paper, but if it had been built, it would have been a scary asset of devastating proportions. The Monster, designed by German forces to carry an 800 mm rail gun, would have been exactly that, considering the weapons could devastate practically any opponent hold. 6)

"Megatron" Challenger 2

The British-built Challenger 2, often known as “Megatron,” is a generally successful brute recognized for being well defended against enemy fire thanks to a strong Chobham armor system. The Challenger 2 has served in the Balkans and in Operation Iraqi Freedom, though it is not a speed machine, with a top speed of 37 mph. 7)

M26 Pershing

After the old M4 Sherman was outgunned in WWII, the United States Military developed the M26 Pershing, albeit too late to have a substantial impact on the war effort. This 46-ton machine, on the other hand, served in combat missions during the Korean War and had an amazing track record when it came to demolishing enemy tanks. 8)

M1 Abrams

The M1 Abrams is possibly the most well-known tank model in the United States, as it is still in service today. It is one of the biggest tanks still in use, weighing an astonishing 68 tons. It's an old dog by this time, but it's still an extremely effective machine on the battlefield, which is one of the main reasons it hasn't been replaced. 9)

Leclerc Main Battle Tank

The Leclerc is a well-known French tank, almost 60-ton beast that can maneuver better than its weight suggests. Aside from the roughly 400 deployed by the UAE, the Leclerc isn't seen much outside of France, despite having a revolutionary armor system to help protect against a variety of artillery. 10)

King Tiger

While Germany was obsessed with ever-larger tanks and ammunition, the King Tiger was firmly grounded in reality and an enormously capable war machine. It weighed 75 tons and had sloping armor, as well as a highly efficient 88 mm weapon and quick handling (at least for a tank). 11)

K Wagen

The K Wagen was yet another German prototype that emphasized sheer mass as a differentiator, with the exception of the era in which it was conceived: the K Wagen was a super-heavy tank born of WW1, but faced the same challenges as later models: difficult transport, poor handling, and being too slow for its own good. 12)


The French FCM F1 was an early foray into the super-heavy tank class, with similar limits in maneuverability but more than making up for it in firepower and armor protection. It had 100 mm of armor protection and a variety of weaponry, including a 47 mm front cannon. 13)

Char 2C

The Char 2C provided France with one of the world's only operational super heavy tanks, as it made it from the drawing board to the battlefield. It weighed 69 tons fully laden and was powered by a German-built V12. The tank, like so many others, was just too large, making quick moves impossible and making it an obvious target for hostile groups. 14)

biggest_tanks.txt · Last modified: 2021/08/04 05:07 by aga