The self-propelled version of the 60cm siege mortar was ordered in June 1937. Delivery of six production vehicles took place beginning in November 1940. In February 1941, discussions commenced concerning increasing the range of the weapon, and in May 1942 54cm barrels (Gerät 041 ) were ordered for the six vehicles. The 60cm and 54cm barrels appear to have been interchanged as required. In 1945, US forces captured vehicle II with a 60cm and vehicle V with a 54cm. The prototype chassis, built in 1939, had eight road wheels with external swing arms. Production Karl had eleven road wheels. Ammunition was transported in a tracked Munitionsschlepper converted from the Pz.Kpfw.IV, four rounds in each Schlepper. Guns I-IV went to the Russian Front in July 1941 with the 628th schwere Artillerie Abteilung. They saw action at various sites, including Lemburg, in that year. The best known action was against Sevastopol in 1942.
Please see the paint guide below for Trumpeter’s suggested colors.
- Assembly required
- Aluminum shells
- Photo-etched parts
- 19 sprues
- Two types of chassis, wheels and tracks to build either 040 or 041 model
- Includes 8 figures
- Includes instructions