Panzer VII Löwe

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Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe
PzKpfw VII (schwere) Löwe.png
Type Super-heavy tank
Place of origin Germany
Specifications
Weight

76 t (84 short tons) (Leichter Löwe)

90 t (99 short tons) (Schwerer Löwe)
Crew 5

Armor

100 mm (3.9 in) (Leichter Löwe)
120 mm (4.7 in) (Schwerer Löwe before redesign)

140 mm (5.5 in) (Schwerer Löwe after redesign)
Main
armament

105 mm (4.1 in) L/70 gun (Leichter Löwe and Schwerer Löwe before redesign)

88 mm (3.5 in) L/71 gun (Schwerer Löwe after redesign)
Secondary
armament
1 × coaxial machine gun
Speed

27 km/h (17 mph) (Leichter Löwe)
23 km/h (14 mph) (Schwerer Löwe before redesign)

35 km/h (22 mph) (Schwerer Löwe after redesign)

The Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe (Lion) was a design for a super-heavy tank created by Krupp for the German government during World War II. The project, initially code-named VK 70.01 (K), never left the drawing board, and was dropped in 5–6 March 1942 in favor of Porsche's heavier Panzer VIII Maus.[1]

Variants[edit]

The Löwe was designed in two variants (both had crew of five[1]):

Leichter Löwe
It was to weigh 76 tonnes, had 100 millimeters of frontal armor, a rear-mounted turret, a 105 mm L/70 high velocity gun, and a coaxial machine gun, while still managing a top speed 27 km/h. It was later cancelled by Adolf Hitler.[1]
Schwerer Löwe
It was to weigh 90 tonnes, had 120 mm frontal armor, a center-mounted turret, a 105 mm L/70 high velocity gun, and a coaxial machine gun, while still managing a top speed 23 km/h. After redesign it had 140 mm frontal armor, 88 mm KwK L/71 gun, top speed 35 km/h.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Achtung Panzer (1996)

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