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Post by Smert-Fashistam » 20 Aug 2002 21:49

while doing some reserach I found some interesting info on German artilley during WW2,
apparently heaviset mortar in the known in history of all wars was German 24 inch siege weapon known as "Karl" and was used in the battle of Stalingrad
also Scwerer Gustav that was used by German Army during the siege of Sevastopol (in Ukraine) in 1942 had a 94 ft. 7 in. long barrel and 31.5 in. caliber. It weighted 1323 tons and had a maximum range of ! 29 miles ! witha 4.7 projectile - I guess you could never see that coming. The remains of it were later found in 1945 near Bavaria, Germany

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 20 Aug 2002 21:50

You can find a video sequence of one fireing at http://www.panzerlexikon.de

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 20 Aug 2002 23:20

The fireing one doesn't work...

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Post by kobold » 21 Aug 2002 01:29

I got this pic of a decent size gun a while ago :




http://www.walkerboyz.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/captured274mmgun.jpg




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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 21 Aug 2002 18:10

Nice littl' piece ;)

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cool

Post by Smert-Fashistam » 21 Aug 2002 22:23

the sequences are really good, too bad they are not in color

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Post by b_c_ries » 22 Aug 2002 00:54

I thought that Karl was used at Sebastopol but not at Stalingrad.
If 70 grains of IMR 4064 in a 7.92x57 case behind a 197 gr. fmj is too much then 85 grains should be just right.

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Post by Dr. Tempura » 22 Aug 2002 04:27

b_c_ries wrote:I thought that Karl was used at Sebastopol but not at Stalingrad.


You mean the Dora? It was used during the seige of Stavastopol

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Post by Smert-Fashistam » 22 Aug 2002 16:38

thought that Karl was used at Sebastopol but not at Stalingrad.


no I double checked, in my source it is only accounted for at Stalingrad, however it might have been used in Sevastopol as well, I will try to look that detail up

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