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#1 macnab

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 03:14 PM

There were 6 sp 600mm mortars made and one proto, they were all named Adam , Eve, thor, etc, two were at the sevastopol siege, any one know where the others were in action, ? any on the western front? at 124 tons, they must have been a job to transport around, looking at the shells, they would have made one big bang when they landed,any one know where they ended up at the end of war? did they survive?

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 05:15 PM

Hello macnab, and a warm welcome to these forums !

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 : -

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 09:16 AM

Thanks Martin, what a monster ! , i saw about them in a amour encylopedia, and wondered how the hell they moved off ,of strong roads, which weren`t very good back then in Russia etc, thank`s for welcome,

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 10:56 AM

I think I recall that Thor was used in the takeover of Hungary in 1944 ( Skorzeny´s memoirs )...
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Posted 16 February 2005 - 02:07 PM

And more:

http://www.one35th.c...r/karl_hist.htm

http://www.worldwar2...est&language=en

http://www.anticsonl...59_1_12407.html

http://users.belgaco...lerie/5388.html
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Posted 16 February 2005 - 06:30 PM

Right - I found the book - it's a soft-cover entitled 'Bertha's Big Brother Karl-Geraet' by Thomas L Jentz ( Panzer Tracts, 2001 ). This book contains masses of photos and techical information, plus much research as to where these legendary weapons were actually deployed.

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 :eek: ). 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. :confused:
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Posted 17 February 2005 - 02:53 PM

Thank`s to all , Jentz has some good book`s out there great detail




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