60cm-Mörser Karl

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by AvB » 14 Nov 2016 10:17

biercemountain wrote:I was recently watching a documentary show about the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen by the Americans and they mentioned the Germans deploying a Karl mortar in an attempt to destroy the bridge. The show said a few shots were fired (which missed) prior to the weapon malfunctioning. Based on Bjorn's operational history at the beginning of this thread, a likely candidate would be "Zui". Could it be that the "malfunction" led to the abandonment of the weapon and its subsequent capture?

Anyone have further info about this deployment?

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I do know of the story of several V2s being fired at the bridge but missing because of inaccuracy. Maybe stories got mixed up?

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by biercemountain » 14 Nov 2016 12:28

AvB wrote:I do know of the story of several V2s being fired at the bridge but missing because of inaccuracy. Maybe stories got mixed up?
I really can't say. I do know the Germans threw everything they could at the bridge (including the V2s you mention as well as Me 262s) in an effort to render it useless to the Americans. Using a Karl Mortar against it makes sense. Being a railway bridge, we know there was a rail line leading directly to it. A Karl could be moved fairly quickly by rail (probably at night to avoid Allied air cover) and once in the area, operations could commence in fairly short order. Even a near miss would have probably been sufficient to cause the bridge to fail.

On a side note, the documentary mentioned that the area eventually contained the highest concentration of Allied anti aircraft artillery in the West to counter the relentless German air offensive.

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by jopaerya » 24 Nov 2016 09:36

@ Remagen Bridge ( Wikipedia )

Battery 628 was initially ordered to the Vistula Front on 7 March, but this was countermanded on 11 March when it was rerouted towards Remagen, where the Allies had recently captured the Ludendorff Bridge. Karl-Batterie 638 arrived on 20 March, but after only 14 rounds that missed all of the bridges and only damaged a handful of random houses, the weapon had to be moved to the rear for repairs.[19] Batterie 428 was also ordered towards Remagen on 11 March, but was rerouted to the 1st Army sector instead.[20][21]

@ Document from NARA 040 = 60 cm and 041 = 54 cm

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by biercemountain » 24 Nov 2016 11:23

jopaerya wrote:@ Remagen Bridge ( Wikipedia )

Karl-Batterie 638 arrived on 20 March, but after only 14 rounds that missed all of the bridges and only damaged a handful of random houses, the weapon had to be moved to the rear for repairs.
Thanks Jos.

14 misses seems like some pretty poor shooting. I wonder if the repairs needed had anything to do with the poor aim.

I pity the soldier in the area when one of those giant shells came screaming down from above. They must have made an unholy sound. 8O

Paul

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by jopaerya » 11 Mar 2017 09:21

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by Andrzej Ditrich » 14 Aug 2017 10:56

According to the emblem on the rear side this vehicle looks like belonging to Karl AA unit:
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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by Sturm78 » 04 Dec 2017 21:19

Hi all,

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by Sturm78 » 04 Jun 2018 20:32

Hi all,

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by Sturm78 » 16 Jun 2018 08:09

Hi all,

Two images from Ebay:

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by tigre » 21 Sep 2019 01:47

Hello to all :D; more...........................

Karl Gerät 40 (60 cm) in action.

In total, seven Karl-Gerät 40 were manufactured. The first six had the following names "Adam" (then "Baldur"), "Eva" (then "Wotan"), "Thor", "Odin", "Loki" and "Ziu"; the seventh, the research and test weapon (Versuchs-Gerät), had no name. The delivery of the six production guns took place from November 1940 to August 1941. Below the Karl Gerät No. VI called "Ziu" ....................

Source: Die schwersten Steilfeuer-Geschütze 1914-1945.

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by tigre » 24 Feb 2020 11:37

Hello to all :D; more...........................

Karl Gerät 40 (60 cm) in action.

Below images of the Karl Gerät and its Munitionsschlepper für Karl-Gerät Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D....................

Source: http://icvi.at.ua/forum/747-393-1.

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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by tigre » 31 Mar 2020 20:45

Hello to all :D; more...........................

Karl Gerät in action.

Source: http://ostfront.forumpro.fr/t1549-karl- ... gerat-2012

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: 60cm-Mörser Karl

Post by tigre » 09 May 2020 02:51

Hello to all :D; more...........................

Munitionsschlepper für Karl Gerät.

Source: http://www.ebay.de/itm/selt-Archiv-Foto ... 1509748326

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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