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MT-35002 German 35,5 cm. M1 Super Heavy Howitzer WW2

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MT-35002

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 - The Haubitze M1 was best described as an enlarged 24 cm Kanone 3. It used many of the same design principles as the smaller weapon including the dual-recoil system and a two-part carriage capable of all-around traverse when mounted on its firing platform. It also disassembled into six loads for transport. The loads were cradle, barrel, top carriage, bottom carriage, front platform and turntable and the rear platform. Each piece on its trailer was towed by a 18 t (18 long tons; 20 short tons) Sd.Kfz. 9 half-track. A seventh half-track towed the gantry crane required to assemble the weapon. The gantry crane (powered by a generator on its towing vehicle) would be erected at the new firing position and would take about two hours to assemble the entire weapon.[1]

 - Combat history

During the Battle of France one howitzer equipped Super-Heavy Artillery Battery (schwerster Artillerie-Batterie) 810 under the command of I CorpsArmy Group B.[2] It bombarded Belgian fortifications of the PFL I Line after the fall of Fort Eben-Emael on the first day of the battle.[3] The battery was absorbed by Heavy Artillery Battalion 641 as its first battery on 27 July 1940[2] and it fought with that battalion on the Eastern Front during Operation Barbarossa[4] where it initially was assigned to the 9th ArmyArmy Group Center. In 1942 it participated in the assault on Sevastopol under the command of 11th Army of Army Group South.[5] It accompanied that army north to Leningrad during the summer of 1942 so that it could participate in the siege of Leningrad. Soviet efforts to relieve the siege frustrated several German attempts to consolidate their positions there, but the battalion remained there through the beginning of 1944. It participated in the German efforts to suppress the Warsaw Uprising in August—September 1944.[2]

Strangely, no more than one howitzer can be identified in service at any one time even though five were delivered in 1942 and a few others in the following years.

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