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50gunship
01-22-2007, 08:02 PM
In total, six Karl-class guns were manufactured. These guns had the names Adam, Eva (1st Batt.), Thor, Odin (2nd Batt.), Loki, and Ziu.

The Mörser Karl had a range of 6,800 m at best. To extend the range, a gun barrel of 54 cm calibre and 7.1 m in length was manufactured. Three Karls were equipped with it instead of the 60 cm calibre gun to become the 54 cm Mörser, designated Gerät 041, with a longer range of 10,400 m. The ammunition for these monster guns weighed about 2 tons apiece depending on the specific ammunition type. Due to its huge size and concomitant difficulty of use, its effect on the outcome of the war was probably minimal, but it undoubtedly had a marked psychological impact on those at the receiving end of its shells.

Here are 2 pics, the first two are of Thor(left photo and center) of 2ed Battalion. (I dont know which one is in the third photo though it might be Thor as well).

50gunship
01-22-2007, 08:10 PM
Here are some more pics.(models)

Panzerknacker
01-22-2007, 08:12 PM
Nice info and pics, here a footage oft he Karl shooting against the Polish AK in Warsaw.

http://www.wochenschau-archiv.de/kontrollklfenster.php?&PHPSESSID=&dmguid=08E92C0055BA58DF030103009D21A8C0740B000000&inf=494600&outf=620280&funktion=play250k

Wolfgang Von Gottberg
01-22-2007, 08:17 PM
Holy S-ugar!!!

That Things Huuuge!

50gunship
01-22-2007, 10:09 PM
Its small compared to dora

Panzerknacker
01-22-2007, 10:18 PM
Pictures of the 54 cm variant.

http://i10.tinypic.com/2yytj7m.jpg

50gunship
01-23-2007, 12:16 PM
Nice photos, hay did you notice that there are 3 54cm variant mortars in the photo and also the ammunition supply carrier in the fore ground plus another next to the next morter near the center of the photo.

50gunship
01-23-2007, 06:03 PM
Here is another photo

Panzerknacker
01-28-2007, 05:51 PM
hay did you notice that there are 3 54cm variant mortars in the photo and also the ammunition supply carrier in the fore ground plus another next to the next morter near the center of the photo.



Yes, I think that were only 3 the vehicles converted to this lesser ( :roll: ) caliber.

60 cm carriage.

http://www.one35th.com/morser/600mm_00.jpg


54 cm carriage.


http://www.one35th.com/morser/540mm_00.jpg


The barrel rifling, 112 grooves with a 5,1 meters lenght.


http://www.one35th.com/morser/morser14s.jpg

Panzerknacker
06-16-2007, 03:16 PM
More data of the actual use:

http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/8611/bertha2bw3.jpg



http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/3269/bertha1gp0.jpg



http://panzertracts1.tripod.com/pubs.htm

Panzerknacker
12-06-2007, 07:21 PM
The special Panzer Mark IV chassis used to load up the shell tray.

http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/7015/12502911tk6.jpg


The huge self propelled part could be transported also by road !, obviously with a very elaborated trailer, the heavy tractor however is seen here with chains for snowy conditions.

http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/8040/13198842zu0.jpg

Koen
01-21-2008, 03:29 PM
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Koen
01-21-2008, 03:34 PM
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Splinter54
01-21-2008, 04:13 PM
Thank you for sharing that article!!! :)

Panzerknacker
01-21-2008, 06:04 PM
Nice, but probably Tom Jentz wouldnt be very happy. :D