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60 cm mortar "Karl"

60 cm mortar Karl

Another great gun is the 60 cm mortar "Karl". It was a tracked vehicle which was self-propelled and it had got an engine with 427 kW. It weighed 124 tons and so the speed was only 10 km/h. Despite the broad chains the ground pressure was very high. Its concrete grenade weighed 2.2 tons and could fly over a distance of 4.3 km. 6 mortars were built. They were called "Adam", "Eva", "Odin", "Thor", "Loki" uand "Ziu". "Thor" and "Odin" were used against Sevastopol. The other guns were used against Warsaw and Brest-Litowsk. 1936 the Heereswaffenamt gave the company Rheinmetall the order a build such a gun. On a train this gun could be transported in one piece. To transport it on the road it had to be divided into a few pieces. When the 60 cm pipes were worn out then longer pipes with a caliber of 54 cm were built. Now the maximum range was 10.5 km. The use of this modified version is unknown.

Technical data about the 60 cm mortar "Karl"
Type of weapon Self-propelled gun carriage
Manufacturer Rheinmetall
Caliber 60 cm
Total mass 124 t
Length 11.15 m
Width 3.16 m
Height 4.78 m
Maximum speed 10 km/h
Engine power 427 kW
Armoring 12 mm
Ammunition High-explosive grenade/Concrete grenade
Projectile mass
-High-explosive grenade
-Concrete grenade

1.7 t
2.2 t
Muzzle speed
-High-explosive grenade
-Concrete grenade

280 m/s
220 m/s
Maximum range
-High-explosive grenade
-Concrete grenade

6.6 km
4.3 km

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Last Update: 15.12.2004