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German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 60cm Mortar - "Adam", schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833, Brest, Russia, 1941 (1:72 Scale)
German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 60cm Mortar - "Adam", schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833, Brest, Russia, 1941

PMA German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 60cm Mortar - "Adam", schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833, Brest, Russia, 1941




 
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PMA P0327 German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 60cm Mortar - "Adam", schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833, Brest, Russia, 1941 (1:72 Scale) "We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"

In June 1937, the Waffenamt ordered a self-propelled version of the 60cm siege mortar to be built. General Karl Becker of the Artillery was heavily involved in its development, hence the sobriquet "Karl" used to describe it. The driving trials were held at Unterloss in May 1940, and delivery of six production vehicles occurred between November 1940 and August 1941. In February 1941, discussions were undertaken on ways to increase the weapon's range. In May 1942, 54cm barrels (Gerat 041) were ordered for the six production vehicles. At a conference with Hitler in March 1943, it was stated that the first 54cm Gerat 041 would be delivered by June 1943, a second in July, and a third by mid-August. The 60cm and 54cm barrels were designed to be interchangeable, based on the ammunition at hand and range of the target. In 1945, US forces captured vehicle No. II with a 60cm mortar, and vehicle No. V with a 54cm.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Karl-Gerat super heavy self-propelled 60cm mortar called "Adam" that was attached to schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833, then employed at the reduction of the forstress at Brest, Russia, during August 1941. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 6-inches
Width: 2-inches

Release Date: April 2019

Historical Account: "Fortress Reduction" - On April 2nd, 1941, schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833 was formed, with each battery consisting of two howitzers. Orders arrived to be combat-ready by May 1st, 1941, in time for Operation Barbarossa. Initially, a single battery was deployed against the Soviet fortress at Brest-Litovsk while the second battery was ordered to support the attack by the 4th Army of Army Group Center against the Brest Fortress. Being their first deployment in combat, not much is known of the Battery's operations except that IV Army Corps reported in late June that the battery itself was no longer operational due to technical firing problems. The second battery's weapons had some assembly problems along with an electrical firing mechanism issue. The size of the shells required some individual production in a few armories so each shell was made as non-standard ammunition, effectively not to precise calibrations. The Karl-Gerat's second battery's introduction to a combat situation fired 31 of their 36 rounds at the fort by June 24th. The battery was ordered home by Army Group Center where the battalion reformed with eight 21-cm Morser 18 howitzers in August of 1941. Karl did not break the fortifications as expected due to her aiming problems that effectively reduced concentrated fire and added to her already existing mechanical issues.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Comes with two shells (One diecast and one plastic) plus ammunition casing
  • Movable parts that include a recoiling gun barrel and independent suspension
  • Detailed throughout
  • Accurate markings and insignia

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