PzKpfw NbFz V/VI
|Primary Role||Heavy Tank|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe German Army embarked on the exploration of multi-turreted heavy tanks in the 1930s, with the project hidden under the covername of GroĆtraktor, or "heavy tractor", due to Treaty of Versailles restrictions. Ultimately, two contenders, Panzerkampfwagen Neubaufahrzeug V and Panzerkampfwagen Neubaufahrzeug VI ("armored fighting vehicle, new construction, V" and "armored fighting vehicle, new construction, VI"), designed by Rheinmetall and Krupp respectively, competed for the contract. In 1934, Rheinmetall built two prototypes of PzKpfw NbFz V design. In 1935 and 1936, three more prototypes were built using the Krupp turret pattern found in the PzKpfw NbFz VI design. In 1939, one of the Neubaufahrzeug tanks were placed on display at the International Automobile Exposition in Berlin, Germany. Development of German armor tactics, which focused on speed, thus these slow heavy tanks played a little importance, and in turn the design would not enter production status. Nevertheless, Neubaufahrzeug tanks still saw action in Norway; while they did not fit into the fast-advancing strategy, the three Krupp-patterned tanks deployed were of intimidation and propaganda value. One of them was lost in the battle for Norway after having mired in a swamp near Ć ndalsnes, Norway and was destroyed by German engineers to prevent capture (one of the Rheinmetall-pattern tanks was deployed to replace the lost tank). In 1941, the Neubaufahrzeug project was canceled, and an order was given to scrap all four surviving tanks.
Last Major Revision: Dec 2012
PzKpfw NbFz V/VI Timeline
|19 Apr 1940||Three Neubaufahrzeug prototype heavy tanks arrived in Oslo, Norway largely as a show of force to intimidate Norwegians.|
PzKpfw NbFz V/VI
|Machinery||One BMW Va engine (290hp) or Maybach HL 108 TR engine (300hp)|
|Armament||1x75mm KwK L/24 gun, 1x37mm KwK L/45 gun, 2x7.92mm MG 13 or MG 34 machine guns|
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