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While still fighting in Poland in September 1939, the German High Command looked ahead to the coming battle with France and ordered a vehicle for use against the fortifications of the Maginot Line. In response Krupp set about designing a self-propelled 10.5cm K18 long-range gun based on a Panzer IV tank chassis.

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Mid-war Monsters
In our research we have uncovered lots of really interesting experimental tanks. Some were just designs that were never completed. Others were completed as prototypes, and some even saw small-scale field testing!

These tanks were weird and wonderful, ranging from a 100-ton monster and a First World War relic, to a tank with two side-by-side main guns, an armoured car weighing more than a tank, and a machine-gun armed light tank with the armour of a heavy tank!

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Mid-war Monsters
Dicker Max Tank-hunter (MM09) The new vehicle’s rotund profile quickly gained it the nickname ‘Dicker Max’ (‘Fat Max’). On 31 March 1941 Krupp-Gruson presented the first of two prototypes designated 10.5cm K18 auf Panzer Selbstfahrlafette IVa (10.5cm K18 on Armoured Self-propelled Mount IVa) to Hitler.

With France defeated, Hitler ordered that this vehicle be developed into a heavy Panzerjager (tank-hunter) capable of destroying the anticipated British and Soviet super-heavy tanks. Production of the 10.5cm K18 auf Panzer Selbstfahrlafette IVa was planned to start in spring 1942, but was cancelled in favour of other vehicles.
Hull-mounted Guns
Some tanks mount weapons in the front of the hull instead of in a turret to save weight or to make them easier to produce.

A hull-mounted weapon mounted in the front of a vehicle has a 180-degree Field of Fire covering everything in front of a line drawn across the front of the vehicle. If the weapon is mounted at the rear of the vehicle, the Field of Fire covers everything to the rear of a line drawn across the rear of the vehicle.
Dicker Max is first and foremost a gun-carrier and the gun it carried was the long-range Rheinmetall s 10.5cm K18 artillery piece fitted with a muzzle break. This gun weapon can penetrate 111mm of armour at a 30 degree slope at 2000 meters, 30% more than the famous 8.8cm FlaK18 anti-aircraft gun!  Such a slow gun is usually rather slow-firing, but with two loaders and ammunition ready to hand, it gives a good account of itself.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by James Brow

Dicker Max Tank-hunter (MM09)
The Dicker Max Tank Hunter in Flames Of War
Equipment and Notes
Dicker Max
Standard Tank
s 10cm K18 gun
Hull mounted
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Dicker Max Tank-hunter (MM09)
Dicker Max Tank-hunter (MM09)

Last Updated On Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront