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P1000 Ratte

The Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte is a tank appearing in Strikers 1945 II as the sub-boss of the Namibia stage.

BackgroundEdit

The development history of the Ratte originated with a 1941 strategic study of Soviet heavy tanks conducted by Krupp, the study also giving birth to the Panzer VIII Maus super-heavy tank. The study led to a suggestion from Krupp's director (Grotte), a special officer for submarine construction, who, on 23 June 1942, proposed to Hitler a 1,000-tonne tank which he named "Landkreuzer". It was to be armed with naval artillery and armored with 25 centimeters (10 in) of hardened steel, so heavy that only similar weapons could hope to damage it.

It is known for its enormous size: it would have weighed 1,000 tons, five times the weight of the Panzer VIII Maus. The divided weight of the Ratte included 300 tons of armament (the total weight of the guns themselves was 100 tons, so turret armor would have weighed 200 tons), 200 tons of armor and frame and 100 tons of track and automotive components, while remaining weight would be distributed to miscellaneous features. It was planned to be 35 m (115 ft.) long (39 meters (128 ft.) when including naval guns), 11 m (36 ft.) high and 14 m (46 ft.) wide. To compensate for its immense weight, the Ratte would have been equipped with three 1.2 m (3 ft. 11 in.) wide and 21 m (69 ft.) long treads on each side with a total tread width of 7.2 m (23 ft. 7 in.). This would help stability and weight distribution, but the vehicle's sheer mass would have destroyed roads and rendered bridge crossings next to impossible. It was expected that its height, and its ground clearance of 2 m (6.6 ft.), would have allowed it to ford most rivers with relative ease, thus eliminating the need for bridge crossings.

However, its large size and weight would have rendered the tank unable to cross bridges at the risk of collapsing them, and travelling on roads would soon destroy them. Though its top intended speed was 40 kilometers per hour, its huge size and high visibility would have made it extremely vulnerable to aerial bombardment and artillery fire. Its great size would also have made it nearly impossible to transport—no existing railway or train car could bear its weight and its width was too great for existing tunnels.