During the Great War, there were two superheavy tanks: the German 120-ton K-Wagen (K for Kolossal) that never became operative, and the Italian FIAT 2000, commissioned too late for the combat. Then the French built their FCM Char 2C, a real land dreadnought. The next 'big boy' was the British Vickers Independent - an inspiration for several 'breakthrough tank' designs, the T-35 among them.
The Germans followed suit with the Grosstraktor - much more a hoax than a real tank:
During the WW2, Prof. Porsche proposed some really weird schemes, beaten by the Tiger II:
There was also a 'papertank' project by the Henschel Works:
and of course the Maus, also designed by Porsche:
In France, the 1936 contest revealed a number of monsters armed with two guns (one hull-mounted) and a flamethrower:
Them came the turn of the enormous 'Tracteur C' (1939-1940):
and the FCM-F1:
both much over 100 tons.
None of them ebtered production. But the main British heavy tank, the famous Churchill, was also a strange beast:
Especially armed with a 290mm Spigot mortar:
In Japan, the multi-turreted concepts were quite viable even towards the end of war:
And the Soviets tried to arrange a happy marriage between a heavy tank platform and a 130mm naval gun:
Stateside, the first real heavy, the M6, looked not so weird with its two co-axial guns, but had been proclaimed obsolete before the mass profuction could start:
The real beast emerged as the T28 turretless tank, later renamed T95 gun motor carriage
Here I could add something thoughtful for a nice finale, but I'd better spare this three-pence philosophy for another time, another post.
Enjoy the slideshow