Development of this weapon and its cartridge started at the end of November 1917 and produced 3 months later in January 1918 in response to the British use of tanks. The Mauser anti-tank rifle was hard to carry weighing 18.6 kg with the MG 08/15 bipod.

Each German infantry regiment was issued two of them, one for the front lines and one for training. The rifle was nicknamed the "elephant rifle" by Mauser and the troops.

It had a two man crew. The first crew member (and shooter) carried a bag with 12 x13 mm Mauser cartridges and the rifle. The second crew member carried two canvas bags with 20 cartridges, the bipod, and a crate with 72 cartridges. The crew normally alternated when shooting, since after 2 or 3 shots, most of them complained about headache and dizziness. Its powerful recoil broke the shoulders of some untrained shooters.

1918 T-Gewehr Production figures from Jan 1918 Mauser Oberndorf produced a total of 15,800 units.

Fast Facts German T-Gewehr:

  • Type – single shot bolt action
  • Caliber – 13mm (51.5g projectile)
  • Muzzle Velocity – 780m/sec (2,650ft/sec)
  • Penetration - 25mm hardened steel at 250 meters
  • Barrel Length – 96cm (38.75in)
  • Overall Length – 169cm (66.6in)
  • Weight – 18.6kg (41lbs) Sights - 100 to 500 meters

Fast Facts Mark 1 British Tank:

  • Type – 'Landship' or 'Water carrier' shortened to 'Tank'
  • Use – Attack across the trenches against machine gun fire
  • Crew – Eight – Commander, 3 for steering, 4 for the Guns
  • Speed – 6kmph (4mph), the speed of infantry
  • Weight – 14t Armour – 8mm incr to 30mm on Mk IV