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German GUSTAV 80cm rail gun by Kara-ALVAMA German GUSTAV 80cm rail gun by Kara-ALVAMA
Schwerer Gustav (English: Heavy Gustaf, or Great Gustaf) and Dora were the names of two massive World War II German 80 cm K (E) railway siege guns. They were developed in the late 1930s by Krupp for the express purpose of destroying heavy fortifications, specifically those in the French Maginot Line. They weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes, and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 37 kilometers (23 miles). Designed in preparation for World War II, and intended for use against the deep forts of the Maginot Line, they were not ready for action when the Wehrmacht outflanked the line during the Battle of France. Gustav was used in the Soviet Union at the siege of Sevastopol during Operation Barbarossa. They were moved to Leningrad, and may have been intended for Warsaw. Gustav was captured by US troops and cut up, whilst Dora was destroyed near the end of the war to avoid capture by the Red Army.
It was the largest calibre rifled weapon in the history of artillery to see actual combat, and fired the heaviest shells of any artillery piece.[1] It is only surpassed in calibre by the French ''Monster Mortar'' (36 French inches; 975mm) and the American Little David (36 inch; 910 mm) Little David mortar .[2

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avionusmaximus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
question

what stopped the allied forces from using the heavy gustave for america canada and britian during world war 2?

i would think with a mobile weapons station that massive and powerful the higher ups in the allied forces would be all to happy to use it against the axis forces of the time
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Kara-ALVAMA Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the Gustave was destroyed by the Nazi, and only a few parts where salvaged around. And some technicans whit there research went to the USA and they made the 16in Rail Gun, based at same principical!
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   Digital Artist
mount this on a ship!

sniper ship? XD
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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I read that the only documented impact (the other ones could not be clearly identified) formed a 30 meter deep tunnel. :O
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General-Marcello Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
This was planned to be put on a tank, known as the p1500 monster, or the p1000 ratte
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   Digital Artist
im more worried about the gun just...flying backwards off the tank hull after it fires. XD
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One can speculate on how to mount this gun in battleships!
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FVSJ Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
oooooo yes the pld times
i love it
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DarkProxy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
They should've just built more panther tanks and fighters with that metal
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, but ya know Hitler had to compensate for something, and let's face it, we all know he wasn't all there in the head to begin with.
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