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Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe
Comparison of Maus, E-100, and Löwe
Type Super-heavy tank
Place of origin Germany Germany

The Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe (Lion) was a design for a super-heavy tank created by Krupp for the Nazi German government during World War II. The project, initially code-named VK 7001 (K), never left the drawing board, and was dropped in late 1942 in favor of the Panzer VIII Maus.

The Löwe was designed in two variants:

  • Leichter Löwe – crew of five, 1000-hp engine, weight of 76 tons, 100mm frontal armor, rear-mounted turret, 105 mm L/70 high velocity gun and a coaxial machine gun, top speed 27 km/h.
  • Schwerer Löwe – crew of five, 1000-hp engine, weight of 90 tons, 120mm frontal armor, center-mounted turret, 105 mm L/70 high velocity gun and a coaxial machine gun, top speed 23 km/h.

When shown the designs, Adolf Hitler ordered the Leichter Löwe dropped and the Schwerer Löwe re-designed with a 150mm main gun, 140mm frontal armor, and a top speed of 30 km/h.

No prototype of either design was ever built. Some elements of the Schwerer Löwe design were used in the Tiger II.

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