Wargaming has unveiled its plans to join with the Russian Kubinka Tank Museum, to reconstruct the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus tank in the world. Regarded as the epitome of tank design, the colossal Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus is the heaviest, fully enclosed armoured fighting vehicle ever completed during World War II. Weighing in at 188 tonnes, only two prototypes were ever completed.
The Kubinka Museum and Wargaming intend to re-build the Maus’ interior from scratch, building from authentic diagrams. Missing parts will be restored in single quantities at a number of tank-building plants, with the entire process supervised by experienced warfare instaurators. Once completed, the Maus will continue to live at the Kubinka Museum, waiting for the entire world to visit and marvel at this restored relic. Though there’ll be plenty of Russian fans lining up I’m sure.
Andrei Yarantsau (VP of Publishing at Wargaming) said:
“Wargaming closely cooperates with military museums around the world. We are excited to contribute to the Kubinka’s initiative and plan on supporting the museum in future. We’ll help it put together an exclusive collection of armored warfare, assisting it in lifting and reconstruction of legendary military vehicles and enriching its exhibition with renowned machines from private collections from across the world. A unique selection of legendary warfare will attract military enthusiasts from Russia and abroad, sparking interest towards military history and inspiring younger generations to learn more about their country’s past.”
In addition to its work with Kubinka, Wargaming is also involved in a number of projects that promise to aid in the preservation of historic heritage. As their latest project, the Maus will join the Soviet T-34-76 and KV-1 USSR tanks, two more titans of the battlefield restored in Belarus and Voronezh respectively. Not limiting themselves to tank repair, Wargaming was also involved the recovery of the world’s last remaining Dornier Do 17 (now on display at the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford, UK), the creation of the Wargaming Education Center at the Tank Museum at Bovington, UK and continues to sponsor the USS Iowa, docked in the Port of Los Angeles, California.
And thus Wargaming continues its foray into Warreality as the World of Tanks continues to grow. No word on how long the restoration will take, but once it’s finished it’ll truly be a sight to behold. You just have to go to Russia to see it.