Neubaufahrzeug – German experimental multi-turreted heavy tank.
In 1934 Rheinmetall-Borsig built two mild steel prototypes, both with their own turret design. Three more prototypes were built with proper armor and the Krupp turret in 1935/1936.
Tanks were used by the tank training school at Putlos. In 1940 3 prototypes were attached to the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 40. In April 1940 tanks were shipped direct to Oslo in Norway and were used in combat. One tank was destroyed by German engineers when it got stuck in swamps near Åndalsnes.
|combat weight||23410 kg|
|armor / angle:||hull: 20 mm front; 13 mm sides, rear, top, bottom
superstructure: 13 mm front, sides, rear, top
turret: 15 mm front; 13 mm sides, rear, top and bottom
gun mantlet: 15 mm
|engine:||BMW Va, 250hp, 6 cylinder, water-cooled, gasoline 22920 cm3.|
|transmission||6 forward and 1 reverse|
|max speed||30 km/h (25 km/h off-road)|
|range||250 km (road)|
|ground clearance||450 mm|
|armament||7,5 cm KwK L/24; 3,7 cm KwK L/45|
|ammunition||80 rounds 75 mm + 50 rounds 37 mm|
|secondary armament||2 x MG13 (6000 rounds)|
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