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Published on May 8, 2009
The T28 super heavy tank (also called 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95) was a prototype heavily armored self-propelled gun designed for the US Army during World War II. It was originally designed to be used to break through German defenses at the Siegfried Line, and was later considered as a possible participant in an invasion of the Japanese mainland. Although sometimes referred to as a super-heavy tank the T28 was re-designated as the 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95 in 1945 and then renamed a super heavy tank in 1946. Its main armament was a 105 mm T5E1 gun in a ball-shaped mantlet, set into the front of the hull. It also had a fifty-caliber machine gun above the commander's hatch.
Although sometimes referred to as a Super-heavy tank the T28 was really a very heavy tank destroyer, and was re-designated as the 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95 in 1945. In 1946 it was renamed again, to T28.
The original plan was for five prototype vehicles with a production total of 25. However only two were ordered and none saw combat.
This is the sole survivor of a two vehicle super heavy tank program designed to deal with the Siegfried Line. Completed in December 1945, too late to see combat, it was not surprisingly impractical for battlefield use. With frontal armor of 12 inches, the vehicle weighed 95 tons and required four tracks. The tank featured a horizontal volute suspension and a 105 mm gun. Powered by the same V-8 used in the Pershing, the vehicle could only manage 8 mph. T28/T95 GMC General characteristics Crew 8 (Commander, 5 gun crew, driver, co-driver) Length 11.1 m Width 4.39 m Height 2.84 m Weight 95 tonnes Armour and armament Armour 300 mm Main armament 105 mm T5E1 gun 62 rounds
Secondary armament 1 x .50 cal machine gun 660 rounds
Mobility Power plant Ford GAF V-8 gasoline 410 hp (305 kW) Suspension double track Road speed 13 km/h Power/weight 4 hp/tonne Range 160 km