I was going to post something sweet about how this loyal dog is watching over her baby sister- but in reality this girl will be sleeping at my feet tonight and really just likes that rug. #panzer#myfirstgirl
@Regranned from @ww2germany - The Karl Gerät, was a World War II German self-propelled siege mortar designed and built by Rheinmetall. Its heaviest munition was a 60 cm diameter, 2,170 kg shell. Each gun had to be accompanied by a crane, a heavy transport trailer, and several modified tanks to carry shells.
In March 1936 Rheinmetall made a proposal for a heavy howitzer to attack the Maginot Line. Their initial concept was for a weapon that would be transported by several tracked vehicles and assembled on site, but the lengthy preparation time drove them to change it to a self-propelled weapon in January 1937. Extensive driving trials took place in 1938 and 1939 using the first Neubaufahrzeug tank prototype and a scale model to investigate the extremely high ground pressure and steering of such an enormous vehicle. In total, seven Karl-Geräte howitzers were manufactured.
In February 1941, discussions commenced concerning increasing the range of the weapon, and in May 1942, 54 cm Gerät 041 barrels were ordered for the six vehicles. At a conference with Adolf Hitler in March 1943 it was stated that the first Gerät 041 would be delivered by June 1943, and the third, by mid-August. Only three of the Gerät 041 barrels were actually completed for mounting on Karl-Gerät Nr. I, IV and V, although any vehicle could be converted to use the smaller weapon.
Twenty-two Panzer IV Ausf. D, E and F chassis were modified with a superstructure capable of carrying four shells that replaced the turret and outfitted with a crane as Munitionsschlepper für Karl-Gerät ammunition transporters/loaders. Two or three of these Munitionsschlepper were assigned to each weapon.
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Generaloberst Heinz Guderian in the back of a SdKfz. 251/3, also known as a "Funkpanzerwagen", which is fitted with radio equipment for long distance communication within Panzer divisions, France, Spring 1941. It's interesting to note that these Heer Panzertruppen seen are operating the coveted Enigma machine, which were a series of mechanical rotor cipher machines used by the Wehrmacht to protect German commercial, political and military communication.