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Originally posted by TortoiseKweek
reply to post by thedarktower
Exactly. This thing could do some serious damage, but as you said thank God they didn't use it. Why they didn't, remains a mystery to me
Originally posted by obixman
I believe I read somewhere that the gun was used in the Crimea at the siege of Sevastapol (but that could be wrong).
Big Bertha was used in WWI and was much smaller.
Schwerer Gustav (English: Heavy Gustaf, or Great Gustaf) and Dora were the names of two massive World War 2 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.
Gustav was used in the Soviet Union at the siege of Sevastopol during Operation Barbarossa.
Originally posted by OldDragger
WW2 was the swan song of the big guns, on land and on sea.
Airplanes can deliver explosives much farther and better than big guns.
Not to mention that aircraft could easily reduce this thing to a heap of scrap metal, just like they did to battleships. A range of 20 some miles is paltry compared to aircraft.
Another example of impractical and ultimatly useless weapons that Germany spent so much time and money on.