So, This is a VERY VERY BIG TANK. So big it crushes everything in its path (even the path itself).
Assuming I lead Nazi Germany, I WILL deploy/create this tank.
The issues of this tank are: (taken from wikipedia) 1. The large size and weight would have rendered the tank unable to cross bridges at the risk of collapsing them. and travelling on roads would soon destroy them.
2. Though its top intended speed was 40 kilometers per hour, its huge size and high visibility would have made it extremely vulnerable to aerial bombardment and artillery fire. 3. Its great size would also have made it nearly impossible to transport—no existing railway or train car could bear its weight and its width was too great for existing tunnels.
My Answer to this issues:
1. This is my weapon-of-last-resort, launch it to cities which are captured by allies. crush even the buildings just to recapture the cities. Launch this tank when battle on plains are inevitable. 2. Increase weight and armaments - Add more plates capable of holding of artillery fire (though I think none is present at that time, the added armor should just make the tank not explode on a single shot of artillery). Protect the engine, probably build it under the hull as such that if this is bombed by an aircraft, it will take the hit (again, I do not know any WWII tech that is capable of rendering this tank invulnerable but if there is, do let me know). Regarding land mines, I have to use other tanks to move forward before this tank, and if there are no tanks available, humans will. I will also add a gunner in front, sides, and rear of the tank so that I could check if there are any enemies who would put explosive charges under the tank. 3. As this tank is my last resort, I would deploy them from Berlin, going forward to cities that are already captured. This would also increase the consumption of diesel which I think would be the biggest problem of having this tank. The trip to other cities may as well be very very long, So I think I can create 1 for Berlin and industrial districts capable of manufacturing this tank.
The strengths of this tank (as per my knowledge)
1. With my superior firepower and armor, I would have destroyed a lot of enemy tanks, killed plenty of infantry which may disheartened enemy morale. 2. The sheer size would strike fear for advancing troops, giving morale boost on my troops. 3. Recapturing cities would be a breeze (But most of the structures would be destroyed, thanks to me also) 4. To deploy this tank to other cities(and maybe captured nations), I would have to transport this tank as parts, put them in a train , assemble it in a factory, and its ready to rumble.
So with my points taken (and maybe some of your suggestions) Can I win my WWII campaign with this tank?
EDIT: The period my WWII campaign is 1939 and the latter part of 1941. I chose this period because it is still viable at this time, during early 1942 or more then the viability becomes 0 due to the scarcity of raw materials, fuel and factories.