Bizzare Tanks of World War 2 By: Samuel Corum and Shaun Profaizer

Throughout World War 2 many types of tanks were used, from tankettes (shown above) to monstrosities like Tsar Tank (shown below), which was a 40 ton wheeled tank, with turrets and very poor handling that led to it never leaving the prototype phase.

Tsar Tank

This is the BT2 which was designed by an American race car driver. It was designed to be a fast tank, that could use either tracks or tires, since the front wheels were steerable. So Soviet Russia bought the design and made thousands of this tank.

Now we will move on from weird Soviet tanks onto weird American tanks.


This is a T95, or some known as "The Doom Turtle" since it has over 300mm of front armor, and 200mm all around the rest of the tank, along with having 4 tracks. the 2 extra tracks were added after it began to sink into the ground due to its massive 100 ton weight.

Well, now it's time for bizarre German tanks... Throughout the war, Germany used effective blitzkrieg combat. However the tank projects approved by Hitler went against the idea of "lighting war"


This thing's name is actually the "Maus",and is ironically pronounced "mouse." This is the heaviest tank ever built, due to all of the armor on it. It was also one of the slowest tanks ever built, which kind of goes against Germany's "lightning war." Now, looking at this thing it doesn't seem that crazy or outlandish. Now, remember this thing weighs 183 tons and would destroy any bridge it crossed. The German designers took this into account and made this tank able to submerge down to 8 meters.

Snorkel for the Maus

This is the Kugelpanzer which means "ball tank". It was a German "tank" that only existed in prototype form and was like an armor bubble for infantry. It was never used in battle for obvious reasons.

Now there is one Japanese tank of note.

Oi tank

This is called the "oi".This is a heavily armored tank that weighs 120 tons, and like most Japanese tanks, would've been fighting in tropical marshy areas, where tanks would just sink in the mud or have mechanical failures in the heat. These factors is why there were so few Japanese tanks made, and why few survived the war at all.

And those are the strangest tanks of World War 2.

Created By
Samuel Corum Shaun Profaiz3er


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