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Germany's Panzerkampfwagen K-Wagen heavy tank

Design

The Riebe-Kugellager factory at Berlin-Weissensee were building two prototypes of the K-Wagen which was a 148 ton tank which was supposed to be operational in 1919.1 Both were destroyed on orders of the Inter-Allied Control Commission after the war.1

Captain Weger and Josef Vollmer were the designers.1

Armament

There were very large sponsons on each side that held the main armament of 7.7 cm guns and machine guns.1

Transport

The K-Wagens were made to be broken down into 15 to 20 tons sections that could then be transported by train.1

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen K-Wagen1
Crew 221
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Length 42' 7"1
Height 9' 5"1
Width 20'1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 4: 7.7 cm1
Secondary  
MG 4: MG1
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 301
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) 2: Daimler1
Cylinders  
Net HP 650 each1
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road estimated 5 mph1
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. German Tanks and Armoured Vehicles 1914 - 1945, B. T. White, 1966
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site