Saturday, 15 February 2014
Inside the Maus
Out of the two prototypes the Soviets recovered, they were able to assemble one "full" tank (hull from the turretless prototype, turret from the turreted prototype) and put it on display at Kubinka. This enterprising gentleman managed his way inside, and took some photos to demonstrate exactly how much exists in the exhibit. Let's take a look.
Here is the Maus from the outside, in case someone didn't know what it looks like.
Driver's compartment. Vodka bottle can be used for scale :)
Spare road wheels inside the tank. The article author theorizes that these came from the other Maus, since this one has all of its wheels accounted for.
A lone road wheel in the engine compartment.
Oil tank bay. The tank itself is gone.
Inside of the fighting compartment. This was supposed to fit a commander, a gunner, both loaders, most of the ammunition, battery charger, and a power supply for the turret turning mechanism. A snug fit, by any measure.
Closer view of the turret ring and ammunition storage.
Floor to the rear. The pipes lead to the electric motors.
Another view of the gun and the turret ceiling. The hatches and observation devices have been removed.
Gun and turret front.
Grille on top of the engine compartment.
Left side of the turret.
As you can see, there isn't much left inside. What wasn't damaged by the explosion and fire was removed prior to the tank being put on display.