On November 16, 1916, the War Ministry started developement of a tank disguised under the name "A7V". Requirements for the tank was a top speed of 7.5mph (12 kph), be able to span a ditch 5 feet (1.5 meters) across, and be able to go cross-country. The name came form it's parents organization's: Allgemeines Kriegsdepartement, 7. Abteilung, Verkehrswesen. Origianally a 2cm gun was planned, but was deemed too weak; several other cannons were tryed including the 7.7cm FK96 which proved too heavy, eventually the British 57mm Belgian Maxim-Nordfeld QF cannon was settles on. The chassis used the running gear of the Holt tractor, and the chassis was also used for the Uberlandwagen; a unarmored cargo carrier. Only one chassis (No. 501) was built as a "female" (females had the main gun replaced with two more machine guns) before being converted to a "male".
Number Built: 20
Hull Armor: 15mm all around with 30mm in some critical spots
Weight: About 30 tons
Engine: Two Diamler 4-cylinder petrol engines delivering 100 horsepower
Top speed: 9.3 mph (15 kph) on roads, and 3.1 mph (5 kph) cross-country
Primary Weapon: 5,7cm Belgian Maxim-Nordfeld QF
(Ammunition was to be 180 rounds for the main gun, 54 antitank rounds and 36 high-explosive rounds, and 90 cartridges as the ammunition was two-pieced, but in battle these tanks carried up to 300 rounds of ammunition.)
Secondary Weapon: 6x MG 08 Machine Guns with 40 to 60 cartridge belts for a "Male"; 8 MG 08 Machine Guns for a "Female"
Radio: None; used signal flags
Length (Including Gun):
Trench Crossing Ability:
Wall Climbing Ability: