Several new types of German tanks have been reported to be in existence.
a. Mark I (C)
No details are known but it is probable that this is a redesigned Mark I intended
for airborne or landing operations. The original Mark I tank weighed about 6 tons.
b. Mark II Special
The original Mark II tank (weight about 9 tons) has for some time been
considered obsolescent as a combat tank. The new tank probably has thicker
armor and a more powerful engine. One of the most important features is that
it is reportedly armed with the long-barrelled 50-mm gun which is used in the
new Mark III tanks. The result should be a comparatively light, fast
tank with adequate striking power, probably suitable for use as a tank destroyer.
c. Mark VI
This is a heavy tank. No details other than the actual nomenclature are known, but
it seems probable that this model is an entirely new departure in German tank
design. It has been anticipated for some time that the Marks III and IV might
be superseded by a new type incorporating the best features of each model and
introducing features borrowed from British and possibly American designs. Having
obtained a tank gun of first quality in the long-barrelled 75-mm tank
gun (40), the weapon mounted in the new Mark IV tanks, it is probable
that this weapon or an 88-mm weapon is the principal armament. The basic armor
may be as thick as 80 or 100 mm, and spaced armor, at least in front, is
probably incorporated. There may also be skirting armor. Face-hardened armor is
probably used, and the speed is not expected to be under 25 mph.
Reports of a German heavy tank have been received over a considerable period
of time. Apparently the most recent is the statement of a German captured in
Tunisia. According to the prisoner, he belonged to an independent heavy
tank battalion, which consisted of a headquarters company and two armored
companies. Each armored company was equipped with nine 50-ton tanks. The tanks
were armed with 88-mm guns and were capable of a speed of 50 kilometers
(about 30 miles) an hour. Whether or not this is the Mark VI tank
is not known.