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|Type||Medium / Heavy tank|
|Place of origin||Kingdom of Hungary|
|Used by||Kingdom of Hungary|
|Wars||World War II|
|Designer||Manfred Weiss Works|
|Manufacturer||Manfred Weiss Works|
|No. built||1 prototype|
|Weight||38 tonnes (37 long tons; 42 short tons) |
|Length||9.2 metres (30 ft 2 in) gun forward|
|Width||3.5 metres (11 ft 6 in)|
|Height||3 metres (9 ft 10 in)|
|Armor||50–120 mm (2.0–4.7 in)|
|1 × 7.5 cm KwK 42 L/70 |
|2 × 34/40A M 8 mm machine gun|
2 x gasoline Manfred Weiss-Z|
520 hp (390 kW)
2 x 260 hp (2 x 195 kW)
|200 km (120 mi)|
|Speed||45 km/h (28 mph)|
Designed as a cheaper and home-made alternative to German-built Panthers in 1943, a sole mild steel prototype was built by the Manfred Weiss factory. When the factory was bombed by American aircraft on 27 July 1944, both the factory and the prototype were destroyed and no further production followed.
Like its German counterpart, the 44M Tas was to be armed with the powerful and modern 7.5 cm KwK 42 anti-tank gun. It also shared a similar layout and suspension, with six road wheels on semi-elliptical springs. As the Germans were unwilling to offer their Hungarian allies the powerful Maybach HL230 engine, the 44M Tas was powered by two 260 hp gasoline-powered "Manfred Weiss-Z" engines, identical to those already in production for the 40M Turán I tank.
- Similar tanks
- PzKpfw V Panther
- Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf.E
- IS-1 & IS-2
- M26 Pershing
- A41 Centurion Mk 1
- For The Record website.
- J C M Probst. "Hungarian armour during WW2". Airfix Magazine (September 1976).
- For The Record website - History & Specifications
- 44M. Tas - TANK ENCYCLOPEDIA website (accessed 2017-07-25)