huge German railway gun

German weapons, vehicles and equipment 1919-1945.

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richard klein
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huge German railway gun

Post by richard klein » Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:15 pm

Does anyone know what happened to gun after it was used in the capture of Sevastopol ?

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Post by Paulus II » Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:05 am

It was meant to be used against Leningrad after the capture of Sebastopol in 1942. It was moved to Riga (some say sources it stayed their) and a firing 'platform' was built at Taylsy (some sources say the gun was also transported there and prepared for firing), wherever it may have been exactly....it wasn't used.
In early 1943 the gun went to Rügerswalde for general overhaul and replacing the gun barrel, it fired one last shot there in a demonstration for the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht on 19 may 1943.
In september 1943 it was moved to Auerswalde, just north of Chemnitz, where it remained in a depot until the end of the war.
The gun was destroyed in april 1945 when the Russians were drawing near.

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Re: huge German railway gun

Post by Sam H. » Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:07 pm

I heard it was also used during against the Jewish uprising at Warsaw, but that me just rumor.

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Post by Paulus II » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:11 am

Hi Sam,

That is indeed a well known rumor but there is no proof to be found anywhere that it may be true.

Say some people that know their business. And I'm happy to parrot them :D


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