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),
Jagdpanzer E-10 armed with 75mm PaK 39 L/48 gun.
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.
Leichter Waffentrager armed with 88mm Pak 43 L/71 gun.
Rheinmetall-Borsig / Ardelt I Prototype.
Waffentrager armed with 88mm Pak 43/3 L/71 gun.