SP 600mm Mortar
Posted 15 February 2005 - 03:14 PM
Posted 15 February 2005 - 05:15 PM
I have a book somewhere about these extraordinary - and fascinating - mortars, which I will try to find and answer your question.
In the meantime, here's the only survivor, at the Kubinka Museum in Russia : -
Posted 16 February 2005 - 09:16 AM
Posted 16 February 2005 - 10:56 AM
Posted 16 February 2005 - 06:30 PM
Briefly, the mortars were designed to attack the Maginot Line but were completed too late to take part in the early Western Front campaign. They were used against Brest-Litowsk during 'Barbarossa', then the sieges of Sevastopol and Leningrad, crushing of the revolts in Warsaw and Budapest, plus use during the Battle of the Bulge. 14 rounds were fired in the Remagen bridgehead during the Defence of the Fatherland.
After the war, one 'Karl' was sent to the Aberdeen proving grounds in the USA, where it was scrapped ( graemlins/no.gif ). The last of them all, Karl VI, went to Kubinka, where it remains to this day. How bizarre for the Soviets to have a better record in prserving history than the Americans - in this case, at least.
Posted 17 February 2005 - 02:53 PM
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