Maus details: the next five Krupp factory production ones, and more
by Alfred Van Netburg - fredal35(at)hotmail(dot)com
Edited by Rob Haelterman
are quite a few pictures showing the findings of the Allies in the
Krupp factory and its surroundings after the war. Several Maus parts
are visible like turrets, hulls and gun mantlets.
NOTE : this information puts a little restraint on Panzer 1946 builders if they want to stay true to history. They will need to keep several details correct !
First the written
evidence about the number of Maus components made and/or prepared
by the Krupp factory :
On 1 April 1944
Krupp wrote that Maus SERIES production would start with Maus # 8
at a rate of 1 or 2 per month (which would be compensated by lowering
the production rate of the 17 cm Kanone by one unit). The delivery
of Maus # 8 could begin in about 7 months as material had to be requisitioned.
(This makes clear that since March 1944 Maus armor parts had been
re-used for other production !!)
On 25-27 July
1944 Krupp asked what to do with their Maus hulls # 3-6 (i.e. 4 Maus
hulls) after contract cancellation and they got the answer from Waprüf
to scrap them.
evidence will be discussed further now.
My conclusion to this date is this : after the war 5 DIFFERENT MAUS HULLS, 5 DIFFERENT MAUS TURRETS and 2 DIFFERENT GUN MANTLETS are positively accounted for on the Krupp factory grounds !!
Written reports show different counts and are not always accompanied by the correct pictures so they are hard to interpret. They do, of course, help to support photographic evidence !