- "What the hell was that?! They got a T28 Heavy Tank!"
The T28 Super Heavy Tank was an American heavily armored tank self-propelled gun designed for the United States Army during World War II. It was originally designed to be used to break through German defenses of theSiegfried Line, and was later considered as a possible participant in the planned invasion of the Japanese mainland. The 100-ton vehicle was initially designated a heavy tank, it was re-designated as the 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95 in 1945, and then renamed in 1946 as the Super Heavy Tank T28.
Initially named Heavy Tank T28 when construction was authorized in 1944, the design did not fit in the usual categories of vehicles leading to reclassification. As it did not have its armament in a revolving turret, Ordnance requested a name change to 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95, the change becoming official in March 1945. However, due to its heavy armor and armament — while self-propelled guns in United States service were lightly armored — it was renamed Super Heavy Tank T28 in June 1946 by OCM 37058.
The T28/T95 was designed to be used for attacking the heavy defenses expected of the German Siegfried Line. The gun selected was known to have very good performance against concrete and "expected to be extremely effective at reducing heavy fortifications"
The need for an assault tank was first identified in 1943, Ordnance proposing that 25 vehicles could be ready for operations. A conference in March 1944 between Ordnance Department and Army Ground Forces resulted in agreement to build five. The Pacific Car and Foundry Company were supplied with the design in March 1945, completed final design and had the first hull welded by August. By the time the first tank was completed and ready for combat, the war was over. The plan for five was reduced to two.
As it did not have a turret, but a fixed casemate mount instead for its main armament, and the 105 mm gun fitted could only elevate from 19.5° to -5° and traverse from 10° right to 11° left of the centerline, the T28/T95 more closely resembled a self-propelled gun, and was redesignated as "T95 Gun Motor Carriage" in 1945, but in June 1946, the vehicle was redesignated again as "Super Heavy Tank T28".
Two prototypes of the T28 were built. They underwent evaluation at the Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Knox facilities until 1947. In 1947 one of the T28s was heavily damaged by an engine fire during trials at Yuma Proving Ground and was broken up and sold for scrap. The T28 was never accepted for service, but was retained to test the "durability of components on such a heavy vehicle". Work on it ended before completion as the War Department decided to stop the development of vehicles of that sort of weight, and the T28 program terminated in October 1947. By that point the T29 and T30 turreted heavy tank designs had been built. The T29 mounted the same gun as the T28 in a conventional rotating turret. The T30 was developed with an even larger-caliber gun and more powerful engine. The T29 program was used to test mechanical components for future tank designs.
In Girls und Panzer: Der Film
In Der Film, the T28 was used by Selection University, but did not make an appearance until Selection University's assault on the theme park. The T28 was attached to Azumi Company and used to spearhead the main assault through the eastern utility gate. Its frontal armour proved impenetrable and it forced a breach.
The T28 later took part in the encirclement of the Ooarai Compound Team in the amphitheatre.
The T28 chased the St Gloriana and Saunders tanks to a castle. It was initially too wide to fit through the gate, but detached its second set of tracks to allow it to fit through and continue its pursuit.
The T28 was eventually taken out whilst crossing a bridge. Saunders used their Sherman Firefly to destroy a section of the bridge as the T28 crossed over, whilst St Gloriana angled their Churchill tank against the bridge support to fire upwards, through the gap, into the underbelly of the T28, stated to be its only weak point.
- Many people mistook this tank as T95 GMC, the second name for this tank.
- There is a poster featuring the T28 on the wall at the Leclerc Tank Café.
- Darjeeling implies that a Tortoise tank would be able to take on the T28 (if St. Gloriana owned a tortoise).
- Upon hearing about the T28, Anzu states that she wants a T28 upgrade kit.
- Saori mistook this tank as T-28 Soviet Medium Tank