A Wall of Pure Steel: The T28/95 Heavy Tank/Tank Destroyer

Of all the things I would have hated to bump into, if I say I were a German soldier during WWII, the T28/95 would be the worst.

     Of all the things I would have hated to bump into, if say I were a German soldier during WWII, the T28/95 would be the worst.

The T28/95 was an American heavily armored self-propelled gun (tank destroyer) in WWII. It was originally designed to be used against the German defenses at the line of Siegfried.

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T95 at Aberdeen Proving Ground in January 1946.

This behemoth was a quite literal 100 ton steel wall. It was made by the Pacific Car & Foundry company. It was produced in the year 1945, and only two were ever built. It weighed 95 short tons, and was 36 ft 6 in long. It had enough space for a four man crew. It was armored with a thick 12 in (305 mm) armor. It’s main armament consisted of a 105 mm T5E1  gun, with the capacity to carry 62 rounds.

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105mm Armor Piercing Round.

The T95’s secondary armament was a .50 cal (12.7mm) Browning heavy machine gun. It was powered by a Ford GAF V-8 gasoline 500 horsepower engine. It’s top speed was 8 mph (13 km/h). It also had an operational range of 100 miles (160 km).

Only two T28s/T95s were ever built. Neither ever saw actual combat as well.

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Only surviving T95 in the world

 

 

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Side View of T95

The T28/T95 program was terminated in October 1947. It never went into actual service/combat due to its obsolete design, expensive maintenance costs, and its heavy weight. Even though this behemoth never went into combat just the sight of it is enough to inspire awe.

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