War Master WMTK023 German RW61 Sturmmorser Rocket Assault Mortar - Sturmmorser Kompanie 1001, Drolshagen, Germany, 1945 (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!"
On August 5th, 1943, a self-propelled vehicle was proposed by senior Army officials based on the Tiger I chassis but mounting a 38cm mortar. Alkett was placed in charge of the design. The Company managed to complete a prototype by October 20th, which was run through a series of field tests for approval. Brandenburger Eisenwerke produced the superstructures and Alkett converted the Tiger I and completed the Sturmmorser at their Berlin-Spandau plant. The large mortar was an unusual design because it fired rocket-assisted ammunition and had vents in the gun tube wall to exhaust the propellant gasses forward. By December 1944, Alkett managed to convert 18 Tiger Is into Sturmmorsers.
Need a house demolished? Look no further than the German Sturmtiger! Theres nothing gentle about this vehicle also known as the 38cm RW61 auf Sturmmrser Tiger, for its huge 38cm mortar mounted on a robust Tiger I chassis was designed to destroy buildings and strong-points. Interestingly, the mortar fired rocket-assisted ammunition, with vents in the wall of the gun tube designed to exhaust the gases forward. The 38cm weapon had a creditable maximum range of 4,600m. The turret was replaced with a fixed casemate, and the whole vehicle weighed 65 tons.
Only 18 such Sturmtiger vehicles were converted by Alkett at its Berlin-Spandau plant from August to December 1944.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German RW61 Sturmmorser Rocket Assault Mortar that was attached to Sturmmorser Kompanie 1001, then deployed to Drolshagen, Germany, during 1945. Now in stock!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 2-1/4 inches
Release Date: January 2013
Historical Account: The Sturmmorser were issued to Sturmmorser Kompanie 1001, 1002, and 1003, which were employed mainly in the defense of the German Fatherland in early 1945.