Originally posted by einsatz:
I am curious why people are even mentioning the Maus. I am assuming you just looked up the word "panzers" before making your post. First...1 Maus was ever built..and it was destroyed soon after. There were perhaps 10 Chassis even made for this thing. They also were not even meant for conventional tank warfare. Their purpose you ask? To plug weak spots in the Atlantic wall..they were mobile fortifications, not real tanks. In a 1 on 1 basis..even though it was fairly unreliable and used way too much fuel, the Koenig Tiger. The front armor was never penetrated, it's high velocity 88mm could destroy any other tank on the battlefield. Although I think I did read someone say something about its slow turret movement, it still used a system of gears to manually rotate its turret, while tanks like the Pershing began to implement electronic controls by the end of the war.