NWAir757 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4363 times:
What was the name of that enourmous artillery canon that was situated on a train car? I saw a short clip of it somewhere and I have been trying to find out the name of this behemoth with no avail. It was built by the nazis sometime during WWII I belive I could be wrong.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4304 times:
The Germans had several rail guns during the second war, which all were descendants of the the 60cm Karl the Great WWI gun (which shelled the outskirts of Paris during the waning days of WWI), with the largest being Dora, an 800mm howitzer that launched 48 shells in anger during the second world war, and amounted to being an early weapon of mass destruction.
This thing took a crew of 1450 men 4 to 6 weeks to assemble and service the weapon and 500 just to shoot it. It had it's own airplanes and intelligence units assigned to select and perform BDA targets. They were designed with the intent of engaging Maginot line forts, and were made superfluous for this purpose when tactics changed (see Guderian) and they sent a 10000+lb HE shell, or a 16000+lb penetrator shell (for bunkers and forts) a distance of 25 miles. These were the first true and effective mobile superguns.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4218 times:
At the time they were devised (early 1930s) airpower was unproven and the thought was that such weapons would be needed to blast holes into heavily fortified defenses like the Maginot line in order for the Panzers to have a clear run.
They were used in that capacity only once, during the siege of Sevastopol, where the Luftwaffe controlled the skies.