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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Grosstraktor 1, Grosstraktor I, Grosstraktor II

Design

The Grosstraktor I was designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

Production

  • Grosstraktor 1: 2
    • Manufacturer:
      • Rheinmetall-Borsig: 2
      • Krupp, 1928-1929: 2
      • Daimler-Benz, 1929-1930: 2
  • Grosstraktor II:
    • Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig

Variants

  • Grosstraktor I: Had screws for water propultion.
  • Grosstraktor II:

Specifications

  Grosstraktor 1, Grosstraktor I
Crew 6
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 15.75-17.7 tons
16,000-18,000 kg
19.32 tons
Length 21' 9.8"
6.6 m, 6.65 m
Height 8' 0.45"
2.3 m, 2.45 m
Width 9' 1.5"
2.78 m, 2.81 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm or 105 mm
75 mm KwK L/24
Secondary  
MG 3: 7.62 mm MG
3: 7.92 mm sMG
3: MG
OR 4: MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 104
Secondary  
MG 6,000
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 13, 14
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) BMW Va
Cylinders 6
Net HP 250, 300
Transmission 6 forward, 2 reverse.
Fuel type Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity 31.2 L
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.
Speed - Road 24.85 mph
40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 150 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -12° to +60°
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  
  Grosstraktor II
Crew  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 21 tons
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 12 mph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  3. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  4. German Tanks and Armoured Vehicles 1914 - 1945, B. T. White, 1966
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