Entwicklung Series (Standard Series)


E-100
E-100

The E-Series program was conceived by Dipl Ing Heinrich Ernst Kniekamp, Chief Engineer of Waffenpruefamt 6 in May of 1942. In April of 1943, Heereswaffenamt (Army Weapons Office) accepted his program and ordered many different manufacturers to start the planning and development of the Entwicklung (project/development) / Einheitsfahrgestell (general purpose chassis) Series. It was designed in order to replace existing armored vehicles and tanks that were used by the German Army from 1945 onwards. All six basic designs of E-Series would have standardized parts making their production faster and cheaper and maintenance easier. In late 1944, Adolf Hitler cancelled any further development of the super heavy tanks and unfinished E-100 was virtually abandoned with very little work still being done as late as April of 1945.  The end of the war ended the development of the E-Series, which was in various stages ranging from blueprints to prototypes.  The development of the E-Series as seen from the projects developed by various makers was focused on Jagdpanzers and Waffentragers.  This was a direct response to the superior numbers of Allied armor on both fronts as of 1944 and need for mobile anti-tank and field artillery.  In mid 1944, overall capability of the German armaments industry was not in a position to supply the demands of the army, thus making any possibility of E-Series being in production in 1945 unrealistic.

E-5 (5-10 tons)
Designed by Bussing, Daimler, Steyr and Weserhutte.

 

  • two men light/small tank and flamethrowing tank,
  • light reconnaissance vehicle,
  • light tank destroyer armed with 80mm PAW 600,
  • light armored personnel carrier,
  • light radio controlled/wireless vehicle,

    E-10 (10-25 tons)
    Designed by Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz Magirus AG in Ulm.

  • light multipurpose tank,
  • light test chassis,
  • replacement for PzKpfw 38(t) and conversions built on its chassis,
  • redesigned and enlarged chassis of 38(t) designated 38(d) (German),
  • armored personnel carrier,
  • light/medium Jagdpanzer,
  • light/medium waffentragers,

    Jagdpanzer E-10
    Jagdpanzer E-10

    Jagdpanzer E-10 armed with 75mm PaK 39 L/48 gun.
    Jagdpanzer 38(d)

    Waffentrager 38(d)
    Waffentrager 38(d)
    Waffentrager 38(d)
    Waffentrager 38(d)

    Waffentrager armed with 88mm Pak 43 L/71 gun.
    Ardelt Prototype – Production Model.
    Weight: 11.200kg / Maximum Speed: 30km/h / Crew: 4

  • One vehicle saw action in April of 1945, near Berlin at Brandeburg
    with 3rd Panzer Jaeger Abt. attached to Infantry Division "Ulrich von Hutten".
    Second photo was taken in May of 1946 at Kubinka during tests of captured vehicle.
    Today. this vehicle is on display at the museum at Kubinka.

    Waffentrager 38(d)
    Waffentrager 38(d)

    Leichter Waffentrager armed with 88mm Pak 43 L/71 gun.
    Rheinmetall-Borsig / Ardelt I Prototype.

    Waffentrager 38(d)
    Waffentrager 38(d)

    Waffentrager armed with 88mm Pak 43/3 L/71 gun.
    Krupp/Steyr Prototype.

    Specifications

    Model: E-10 E-25
    Weight: 12000kg —–kg
    Crew: 3 men - men
    Engine: Maybach HL 100 / 400hp
    Argus / 300hp
    Maybach / 400hp
    Argus / 600hp
    Maybach HL 230 P 30 / 12-cylinder / 700hp
    Speed: –km/h Road: 70km/h (HL 230)
    Range: —km —km
    Lenght: -.–m -.–m
    Width: -.–m -.–m
    Height: 1.40-1.76m -.–m
    Armament: 75mm Pak 39 L/48 75mm Pak 39 L/48
    75mm Pak 42 L/70
    Armor: 30-60mm —–mm

    E-25 (25-50 tons)
    Designed by Alkett, Argus, Adler and Porsche (1943-45).  

     

  • replacement for Panzer III and Panzer IV and conversions,
  • medium assault/reconnaissance armored car,
  • medium reconnaissance tank,
  • heavy waffentrager,
  • medium Jagdpanzer,

    Jagdpanzer E-25
    Jagdpanzer E-25

    Sturmgeschutz 27t - Porsche E-25 Jagdpanzer design
    Sturmgeschutz 27t - Porsche E-25 Jagdpanzer design

    Sturmgeschutz 27t – Porsche E-25 Jagdpanzer design

    E-50 (50-75 tons) / Standardpanzer
    Designed by Argus, Auto Union and Adler.

  • replacement for Panzer V Panther and Panzer VI Tiger,
  • replacement for conversions based on their chassis,
  • medium combat tanks,
  • E-75 (75-100 tons) / Standardpanzer
    Designed by Adler. 

     

  • replacement for Tiger II and Jagdtiger,
  • heavy combat tank,
  • similar design to E-50 class but heavier,
  •  

     

    E-50
    E-50

    E-50

    Specifications for E-50 / E-75

    Weight: ——kg
    Crew: - men
    Engine: Maybach HL 234 (E-50 / E-75)
    Speed: Road: 60km/h (E-50)
    Road: 40km/h (E-75)
    Range: —km
    Lenght: -.–m
    Width: -.–m
    Height: -.–m
    Armament: –mm
    Armor: E-75 had better armor protection than E-50

    Note: E-50 had 6 roadwheels, while E-75 had 8 roadwheels.
    E-100 (100+ tons)
    Designed by Adler (1944-45).

  • super heavy combat tank similar to the Maus (enlarged Tiger II),
  • super heavy Jagdpanzer "Krokodil" based on E-100 chassis,
  • super heavy Flakpanzer Flakzwilling 8.8cm auf E-100,
  • E-100 was to be mounted with modified Maus‘ turret housing 128mm gun, but plans were made to build turret housing either 150mm or 170mm main gun,
  • It featured Belleville-Washer type suspension and drive sprocket mounted in the rear,
  • one prototype chassis built by Henschel at Paderborn in early 1945 – scapped post-war in England.
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    E-100
    E-100
    E-100
    E-100

    Specifications for E-100

    Weight: 137790kg
    Crew: 5-6 men
    Engine: Maybach HL 230 P30 / 12-cylinder / 700hp (prototype)
    Maybach HL 234 / 12-cylinder / 800hp (production)
    Speed: 38-40km/h
    Range: Road: 120km
    Lenght: 10.27m (with the gun)
    8.70m (w/o the gun)
    Width: 4.48m
    Height: 3.32m (battle tracks)
    3.29m (transport tracks)
    Armament: 128mm KwK 44 L/55 & coaxial 75mm KwK 44 L/36.5
    1 x 7.92mm MG34 (planned)
    150mm KwK 44 L/38 & coaxial 75mm KwK 44 L/36.5
    1 x 7.92mm MG34 (prototype)
    170mm KwK 44 & coaxial 75mm KwK 44 L/36.5
    1/2 x 7.92mm MG34/42 (production)
    Armor (mm/angle): Front Turret: 240/round
    Front Hull: 150/40
    Front Superstructure: 200/60
    Side Turret: 200/30
    Side Hull: 120/0
    Side Superstructure: 60+120/20&0
    Rear Turret: 200/7
    Rear Hull: 150/30
    Rear Superstructure: 150/30
    Turret Top / Bottom: 40/90
    Hull Top / Bottom: 80/90
    SuperstructureTop / Bottom: 40/90
    Gun Mantlet: 240/Saukopfblende

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