38 cm shaped charge

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38 cm shaped charge

Post by admfisher » 28 May 2002 17:35

Has anyone run into this monster with a shaped charge that would give the SturmTiger a AT shell?

To me it seems to be a waste of resources. Why would you want a 15" shaped charge? It's not like they had room for a couple of rounds in case of armor opposition.

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Post by Erik E » 28 May 2002 18:09

I don`t think it was possible to fire a direct aimed shot with the Sturmtiger.
It didn`t use regular gunpowder and cartridge, but something called Diglycol-pulver. And the shell itself was not a grenade , more like a rocket.

The rocket itself had a weight of impressive 345 Kg, so it would take a HUGE load of diglycol to fire a direct shot.

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Post by Ovidius » 28 May 2002 21:09

As I know, the Sturmtiger had been built primarily as a superior step in the development of a mobile self-propelled artillery for urban combat. Therefore it had been equipped with a high-explosive launcher, able to fire a huge quantity of explosives to a given target(as a building etc), to destroy it from a shot. It was not intended to be an AT weapon, just an armored carrier for a heavy cannon.

However, even it's high-explosive shell could destroy more tanks in a shot, if closely spaced(in January 1945, a single round from a PzStuMrKp 1001 Sturmtiger reportedly destroyed three American M-4 Sherman tanks located in a targeted village).

It was more or less an equivalent to the British 290mm "Dustbin", but while the British shell could fire just 50-60m(due to a 57mm cartridge to propel the huge round), the Sturmtiger could fire up to 4500-6000m, bombing it's targets from long range like a siege gun.

There was a hollow-charge/shaped-charge developed for the monster(the Hohlladungsgranate 4582) but this, just like the standard Sprenggranate 4581, was built to engage fortifications, not tanks. The 4582 shell could penetrate up to 2.5m of reinforced concrete !!!

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Post by admfisher » 30 May 2002 06:52

Kind of what I thought.
A anti tank ability on this panzer would of been a waste of resources and time. And we all know how little time the germans had for developing a weapon of this sort.

Grant

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