Panzerkampfwagen VIII "Maus" Variants in Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon
Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus Maus Turret Bunker

Panzerkampfwagen VIII MausEdit

Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus
VK100.01 / Porsche Type 205
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Designer Ferdinand Porsche
Manufacturer Porsche
Produced In 1944
Category Super Heavy Tank
Debut in FHSW v0.5
Speed 13 km/h
Armour Mausarmor
Main armament 12.8 cm PaK 44 L/55
(60 rounds)
Coaxial weapon 75 mm KwK 44 L/36.5
(200 rounds)
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany
Crew in‑game 4
Ammunition 12.8 cm PaK 44 L/55: AP rounds
75 mm KwK 44: Spgr & Gr.38HI/C (Random)
Seat 2 7.92 mm MG 34
(250 rounds)
Seat 3 Nahverteidigungswaffe
Seat 4 Pistol port: 9 mm MP 40
(32 rounds)
← Key: Right MP
→ Key: left port
No Key: Center Port back turret
Seat 5 Passenger Seat
Seat 6 Passenger Seat
Historical Picture

The Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus was a German World War II super-heavy tank completed in late 1944. It is the heaviest fully enclosed armoured fighting vehicle ever built. Only two hulls and one turret were completed before the testing grounds were captured by the advancing Soviet forces, but previous production had already started in the Porsche, Krupp, Alkett, Skoda, Daimler-Benz and Siemens-Schuckert factories.

In 1942 Porsche and Krupp independently developed various super-heavy tanks. Hitler decided that Porsche’s model looked promising and therefore further development started. The engineers had to fight against several problems mainly due to the heavy weight which delayed production severely.

Development work on the Maus was cancelled by Hitler in October 1943, which was followed in November by the order to stop development of the Maus altogether but to continue the construction of the prototypes.

In 1944 both were completed and were undergoing several tests at Kummersdorf. In the last weeks of the war they were captured by the advancing Soviet forces. Some sources state that the Panzerkampfwagen VIII saw combat while defending the facility at Kummersdorf, although the popular version is that it did not.

In Forgotten Hope Secret Weapons, the tank appears on 1945 maps, where it easily dominates the battlefield. The Maus needs at least 5 shots in the front from a T29 to destroy it, while the Maus can destroy the T29 in at least 3 shots. However, the reload of the 12.8 cm PaK 44 from the Maus is longer then the 105 mm T5E2 L/65 from the T29 Heavy Tank.

Another option to destroy tanks is to ram them. Tanks explode after being rammed by a Maus, however, the Maus is so slow that other tanks can easily escape. But escaping the Maus is nearby impossible in the long run, unless a bomber or tank can destroy it.

Maus Turret BunkerEdit

Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus Turret Bunker
Panzer VIII Maus Turret bunker
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Category Super Turret Bunker
Debut in FHSW v0.51
Armour Gun mantlet: 130 - 210 mm (shaped)
Turret front: 220mm (shaped)
Turret side: 200mm (30°)
Turret side 200mm (15°)
Turret roof: 60mm (90°)
Main armament 12.8 cm PaK 44 L/55
Coaxial weapon 75 mm KwK 44 L/36.5
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany
Crew in‑game 3
Seat 2 7.92 mm MG 34
Seat 3 Nahverteidigungswaffe
Seat 4 Machinepistols
Historical Picture
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When the war was over, a few chassis were produced, but more turrets were produced. Because the chassis weren't finished, the Germans used the turrets as stationary pillboxes. This pillbox is historically incorrect because it was never used as a turret bunker. However in FHSW it is possible to use it on maps like Berlin Streets and of course on Alpenfestung.