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- "It's a Maus!"
The Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus (German Inventory Designation Sdkfz 205) was a German super-heavy tank; known to be the heaviest armored fighting vehicle ever built, as well as the strongest sensha-dō tank with anti-tank capability (the most destructive firepower belongs to KV-2 with 152 mm howitzer) in the Girls und Panzer series. It first appeared in Episode 11.
BackgroundIn May 1943, the configuration and design for Maus was approved for prototype production. Its name changed many times during development, from Mammut (Mammoth) to Maus (Mouse) in February 1943.
The project proceeded slowly, and only two prototypes (designated respectively V1 and V2), slightly different from one another, were completed before July 1944, when the factories involved were ordered to stop all work. After the war's end both vehicles were captured by the Soviet Army, and the hull of V1 was mated to the turret of V2 to form an operable vehicle for further testing. After that was completed, the vehicle was left in the care of the Kubinka Tank Museum, where it resides to this day.
In Girls und Panzer
Kuromorimine Girls High School deployed a Maus commanded by the Maus Commander in the city of the battlefield for the finals against Ooarai Girls High School, where the Ooarai teams were trying to retreat to in order to gain an environmental advantage against Kuromorimine, but was led to this trap by a Panzer III tank. Maus was acknowledged to be the heaviest tank in history by other overall commanders Darjeeling and Katyusha, who were viewing the match.
The Maus greatly overwhelmed the Ooarai tanks during the initial confrontation. When it showed itself in front of them, Rabbit Team initially mistook it as an automated wall, but was shocked at how large it was afterwards. It advanced on the Ooarai tanks, taking out Hippo Team's StuG III, Mallard Team's Char B1 bis and also knocked Turtle Team's Hetzer backwards, giving immense power even with missed shot. Nothing the Ooarai girls did could do any damage to the Maus tank, since all shells shot at it were completely deflected due to the heavy armour.
Later, Miho came up with a plan involving the combined effort of all remaining Ooarai tanks, thanks to Saori's unexpected expression of the Maus. First: The Hetzer charged at it and used its sloped hull to lift the Maus, immobilizing it. (Hetzer initially survived the impact as the interior of sensha-dō tanks are coated with carbon nanotubes.) Second: Rabbit Team's M3 Lee and Leopon's Tiger (P) distracted the Maus by firing at it from the side prompting the super-heavy tank to rotate its turret. Third : Duck Team charged towards it with their Type 89B, using the Hetzer as a ramp to drive onto the Maus' hull and jamming its turret in a sideways position, preventing it from turning. Fourth : Anglerfish Team moved their Panzer IV to the hill beside Maus and shot its weak spot : The engine's air intakes. However, the heavy weight of the Maus heavily damaged the Hetzer and knocked it out a few minutes later.
- Maus is the heaviest tank in the anime series (weighing over 188 tons). The turret alone weighs more than a Panther. This tank also carried the largest caliber anti-tank gun (Along with Jagdtiger) in the series.
- The Maus is probably the strongest tank in Sensha-Dō Tournament, since the rules only allow tanks designed during World War II to participate.
- Teamwork is required to take it out (the tactic may differs for each School, ranging from the school's battle style, tank's weaponry, and number of tanks used)
- In the anime, the Maus was possibly introduced and used for the first time in National Sensha-Do Tournament by Kuromorimine Girls High School during the Finals against Ooarai Girls High School.
- The Maus uses 12.8 cm PaK 44 L/55 Anti-Tank Cannon (as described in Booklet) instead of 12.8 cm KwK 44 L/55 Tank Cannon (as designed in real life).
- Due to its mass, firepower and armour, the Maus was the tank that took down the most Ooarai School tanks in the tournament finals. It knocked out 3 tanks on its own (Hippo team, Mallard Team and the Turtle Team).
- The real Maus now rests in Kubinka Tank Museum, beside the Karl-Gerät 040.
More Information about Maus
|Light Tanks and Tankettes||Panzerkampfwagen II • Panzer 38(t) • Crusader • M24 Chaffee • M22 Locust • T-70 • Type 95 Ha-Go • Type 97 Te-Ke • BT-42 • AMR-35 • R35 • FT-17 • CV L3/33 • 7TP • TK Tankette|
|Medium Tanks||Panzerkampfwagen III • Panzerkampfwagen IV • Panzerkampfwagen V "Panther" • Matilda II • Centurion Mark I • M3 Lee • M4 Sherman • T-34 • T-44 • Type 89 I-Go/Chi-Ro • Type 3 Chi-Nu • Type 97 Chi-Ha • Somua S35 • Carro Armato P40 • M13/40
|Heavy Tanks||Panzerkampfwagen VI "Tiger" • Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B "Tiger II" • VK45.01 Porsche Tiger • Panzerkampfwagen VIII "Maus" • Churchill Mark VII • Black Prince • IS-2 • KV-2 • M26 Pershing • Renault B1 Bis • Carro Armato P40|
|Tank Destroyers||Sturmgeschütz III • Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" • Jagdpanzer IV • Jagdpanther • Elefant • Jagdtiger • T28 Super Heavy Tank • Semovente da 75/18|
|Self-Propelled Artillery||Karl-Gerät Mortar|
|Main Battle Tank||Type 10|