Thursday, 11 August 2011

Broadsword quiz: What gun is that? The latest candidate for India's towed 155mm gun...?


As usual, the most comprehensive and accurate answer wins...!

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

german ww2 big bertha seige gun

Anonymous said...

german ww2 big bertha seige gun

Anand said...

The German Big Bertha howitzer made for WW1

Anonymous said...

Big Bertha...German gun from WW1

Pawan said...

It is Big Bertha. It was World War I howitzer of Germany.

thebutterflydiaries said...

Big Bertha, a super-heavy howitzer of World War I fame. Its official designation was L/12 (i.e., the barrel was 12 calibre in length) 42-cm Type M-Gerät 14 (M-Equipment 1914) Kurze Marine-Kanone. It used to be train-mounted at times.

Jumbo said...

That is an Easy one. Its Big Bertha from WW1. Developed by Krupp just before the war. Used extensively in the western front. Used in Belgium against the forts of Liege and Antwerp at the start of the war it was used in the battle of Verdun later. About 12 of these were built during the war.

thebutterflydiaries said...

This happens to be the road-mobile "M-Gerät" (M-device) of the Big Bertha, a super-heavy German howitzer of World War I fame.

Its full designation is L/12 (i.e., the barrel was 12 calibre in length) 42-cm Type M-Gerät 14 (M-Equipment 1914) Kurze Marine-Kanone. A version of this gun was train-mounted and indeed most super heavy German guns came to be referred to, incorrectly, as Big Berthas.

The name is thought to originate as an unflattering reference to the wife of Gustav Krupp, owner of the Krupp factory. Her name was Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach.

Only four Big Bertha howitzers were produced, the first two rolling off the production line a mere matter of days after the onset of hostilities, on 9 August 1914.

Once constructed these huge guns, whose shells weighed 820kg each, were shipped in their constituent parts by tractor to their destination point where they were once again reassembled by a huge crew of as many as 1,000 men.

Designed in the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 on behalf of the German Army. It was initially used as a means of (successfully) demolishing the fortress towns of Liege and Namur in August 1914, and later sent wherever fortifications needed to be destroyed in the Great War.

With a range of 15km their 420mm shells proved devastating and all four were used during the German assault upon Verdun from February 1916. They were decommissioned after the Battle of Verdun when allied artillery of longer range were inducted.

Anonymous said...

French 400mm railway gun, or railroad gun???...

Can consideer these for IA 155mm requirements...

Schwerer Gustav - 80 cm Gustav
M1 8 inch Howitzer 203 mm howitzer
BL 7.2 inch Howitzer
Karl-Gerät - Karl-device - Mörser Karl - Thor - 60 centimetres (24 in)

Anonymous said...

That is the 420mm Krupp siege howitzer.

These were used in 1914 to reduce the Belgian fortresses of Liège during the early stages of the Schlieffen Plan.

Rahul Devnath said...

That's the Big Bertha. It's a super-heavy howitzer, made by Germany, in WWI.

Avi DAS said...

Big Bertha?

Avi DAS said...

Since you wanted a comprehensive answer:
Big Bertha (German: Dicke Bertha; literal translation "Thick (or fat) Bertha") is the name of a type of super-heavy howitzer developed by the famous armaments manufacturer Krupp in Germany on the eve of World War I. Its official designation was the L/12 (i.e., the barrel was 12 calibre in length) 42-cm Type M-Gerät 14 (M-Equipment 1914) Kurze Marine-Kanone ('short naval gun', a name intended to camouflage the weapon's real purpose)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bertha_(howitzer)

Abid said...

This is 42centimeter GAMMA MORSER Mortar. This mortar belongs to the SUPER HEAVY SEIGE GUNs.
It was designed & developed by KRUPP, Germany during World War1. It also served during World War2. Its maximum range exceeded 14km.

Anonymous said...

German World War 1 155mm Howitzer in front for the American legion hall.

Ravi.

L said...

Prehistoric German Big Bertha 420mm , WWI

Anonymous said...

Krupp's Big Bertha - German WWI artillery.

Anonymous said...

Krupp's Big Bertha - German WWI artillery.

Anonymous said...

The Howitzer in the picture is Big Bertha. It is a super-heavy howitzer developed by the famous armaments manufacturer Krupp in Germany on the eve of World War I. Its official designation was the L/12, Kurze Marine-Kanone meaning short naval gun. The name was given to camouflage the weapon's real purpose.
NRP

Cane-an said...

This is the Big Bertha... It was first introduced sometime before World War -1. Even the Indian Army will not buy this one...

KUNAL BISWAS said...

German WW1, L/12 420-mm Type M-Gerät 14 (M-Equipment 1914) Kurze Marine-Kanone howitzer AKA Big Bertha !

And its not a candidate for Indian towed 155mm competition..

Anonymous said...

The Big Bertha used in World War I

joydeep ghosh said...

@Ajai sir

its a German 305 mm morser that fore 250 kg+ artillery shells

thanks

Joydeep Ghosh

Anonymous said...

Dicke Bertha (Big Bertha). German W.W.1 super heavy howitzer. Details on Wikipedia. Google "Big Bertha"

Anonymous said...

the first howitzer (WW-1)...manned by Austro-Hungarian (Habsburg) army forces??

Rahul

Anonymous said...

the first howitzer (WW-1)...manned by Austro-Hungarian (Habsburg) army forces??

Rahul

Anonymous said...

Pretty simple. The 1914 German 420mm barrel howitzer "Big Bertha". Made by manufacturer Krupp.

Ranjit Nambiar said...

M-Gerät 420 mm Kurze MarineKanone also known as "Big Bertha". Kaisers biggest gun of WW1.

Stranger said...

The legendary Krupp's Big Bertha, a German 42 cm Howitzer.

Shubham said...

"Big Bertha (German: Dicke Bertha; literal translation "Thick (or fat) Bertha") is the name of a type of super-heavy howitzer developed by the famous armaments manufacturer Krupp in Germany on the eve of World War I. Its official designation was the L/12 (i.e., the barrel was 12 calibre in length) 42-cm Type M-Gerät 14 (M-Equipment 1914) Kurze Marine-Kanone ('short naval gun', a name intended to camouflage the weapon's real purpose)."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bertha_(howitzer)

Anonymous said...

German Big Bertha

Anonymous said...

M114 155MM Howitzer aka 155 mm Howitzer M1


George

Vijay said...

Some, 300+mm WWI, German Howitzer.

Anonymous said...

Big Bertha 420mm German Howitzer from World war-1 manufacture by Krupp.Scene is probably from the Battle of Liège in Belgium during WW-1.AN Indian gun candidate would look much more space aged,since by the time the GOI decides to get one,we probably would be in the space based artillery age!
Also request for more contemporary news on Indian defence matters and developments.

Anonymous said...

Thats "Big Bertha"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bertha_(howitzer)

google rocks.... ;)

Shshank said...

By the barrel length and caliber this looks like Big Bertha developed by Gustav Krupp for Germany WW-I. No, it cant be a candidate for India's search for 155mm 52cal gun since its not in production and Krupp Industries do not exist.

Shshank said...

Dear Ajai,
I cannot get the link bw big bertha and indian 155mm artillery. maybe, you may have advance info on it. Is PzH 2000 from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann being seriously considered for it ? That is th only German connection I could think off.

Anonymous said...

World war 1 era German heavy howitzer manufactured by Krupp. Also known as big bertha.

Specifications

Weight: 43tn
Length: 5.88m
Shell: HE; 820 kg
Calibre: 419 mm (16.5 in)
Elevation: +40° - +75°
Traverse: 4°
Muzzle velocity: 400 m/s (1,312 ft/s)
Effective range: 12.5 km (7.7 miles)

fortmapper said...

It is the Big Bertha howitzer made by Krupp for the Germans for use in first world war.

Anonymous said...

Thats the german Big Bertha...

Anonymous said...

Anti-Satellite Artillery to shoot down PAKSAT-1.

Sparsh said...

Col. Shukla,

That is the German 420 mm "Big Bertha" howitzer from World War I.

Anonymous said...

The Krupp 420mm Howitzer
Big Bertha was the the 420mm (16.5-in.) howitzer used by German forces advancing through Belgium in 1914. They were nicknamed for the Krupp arms works matriarch Bertha Krupp von Bohlen. Transported in pieces, moved by rail and assembled in place, they proved devastating in destroying Belgian forts. They were somewhat less effective against French Forts of sturdier design. The howitzers were also used as siege weapons on the eastern front. By 1917, less accurate due to wear on the barrels and extremely vulnerable to counter battery fire once located, they were phased out of operation. The term "Big Bertha" is sometimes applied to the Krupp manufactured artillery piece of completely different design that shelled Paris in 1918 from the phenomenal range of 75 miles. This later weapon, however, is more commonly known as the "Paris Gun".

Anonymous said...

Big Bertha. Perfect gun for India. The babus can make a ton of money.

VJ said...

HNI 096 from WWI is German's Big Bertha, 420 mm Mortar made in 1914

Anonymous said...

This looks like the 12" (302mm) mortar of WWII vintage.

Anonymous said...

One of the two models of AUSTRIAN wheeled 28cm howitzer/mortar - an L/12 OR an L/14.
Watz the furst prize- a trip to Casablanca????????????????????

Anonymous said...

Col. I think you get tremendous response for quiz on your blog. Good work, but as they say curiosity kills the cat, it will be nice if you can comment more frequently, at least for the quiz.

Ashwin Baindur said...

BTW what is the prize that we are competing for? :)