The Ridiculous Russian Tank That Looked Like A Giant Plow
The World of Tanks YouTube channel has a new segment out on one of the strangest tanks ever seen—the so-called “Tsar Tank”. The tank, which looked like a cross between a plow and a Martian war machine, stood an astonishing three stories tall.
Tanks were invented in World War I, and before the design was more or less standardized as a turreted vehicle with a pair of treads, all sorts of weird ideas were tried out. None may have been weirder than the Tsar Tank, a giant armored vehicle proposed by Imperial Russia’s engineers.
Designed to terrify opposing German troops into fleeing the battlefield, the tank certainly looked the part. Instead of two sets of self-laying tracks, the tank had two giant 27-foot wheels. A third steamroller-like wheel balanced the tank from the rear. A turret with machine guns rode high in the center, and two cannons were placed in sponsons on the left and right sides.
Terrifying or not, the tank suffered from cost and engineering issues. The Tsar Tank never made it past the prototype stage, in part because the design placed a lot of the vehicle’s weight on two small contact points, making it easy to get bogged down in poor terrain. For the rest of the story, watch the video above.