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Tuesday, July 17th 2007, 4:25pm

New (to me) historical gun

Hmmmm, maybe Germany should be buying these for coast guns?

[Hadn't heard of this gun before I looked at the site a week or so ago. Hmmmm...... ;) ]


Tuesday, July 17th 2007, 4:32pm

Firing rate <1RPM....

is somewhat less than ideal.

Although the tsunami-scale shell spashes might swamp destroyers and smaller ships.


Tuesday, July 17th 2007, 4:46pm

Agreed, the ROF isn't great, but for the size it's not too terrible. I'm a little surprised it's rated as low as it is, actually, considering the rating on some other guns of nearly the same size (though the 4850 pound shell and 1763 pound propellant charge (plus the 346 pound cartridge) probably has something to do with it). On land, I'd expect it to be around 1 round per minute, perhaps up to 1.2 rounds per minute.


Wednesday, July 18th 2007, 2:54am

Good grief: 485 pound bursting charge for the nose-fuzed HE??? Over 100 pounds for the APC round? ~350 tons per gun. And a range of over 50,000 yards (before fancy projectiles).


This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "Hrolf Hakonson" (Jul 18th 2007, 2:54am)


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 3:23pm

Hmmm. Mount 6 of these in BSG mountings at Wangerooge, Cuxhaven, the southern islands off Schleswig-Holstein, at Fehmam (near Kiel), and at Konigsberg, along with lighter weapons. Got to test them first, of course, and production would take a while, but still.....


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 6:13pm


Originally posted by Hrolf Hakonson
Hmmm. Mount 6 of these in BSG mountings

Germany's building Battlestars? :P


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 6:14pm


Originally posted by Swamphen


Originally posted by Hrolf Hakonson
Hmmm. Mount 6 of these in BSG mountings

Germany's building Battlestars? :P

Maybe..... :)


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:32pm

Wangeroog is really just a sandbank. You don't want to build a gun emplacement there. Most places on that coastline are poor choices as the water isn't really deep enough for ships to come within range.


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:36pm

Wangerooge may be a sandbank, but that's not uncommon for this sort of service. It was also the site of a 6-gun 12" battery during WWII (see
The water's not ideal in this area, but then the idea is not so much to actually sink ships as to keep hostiles away from my bases at Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Hamburg, Kiel, Konigsburg, etc.


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:38pm

Looking over things, the 406mm Adolph is probably a better choice in single turret with the 600kg long-range shell.


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:39pm

Possibly true. Though, in WW, I could use the standard 900 kg 38cm shells in this gun with sabots....


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:44pm

Chances of hitting anything go down considerably though. Peenemunde Pfeilgeschoss style saboted rounds or a mor common cup type? Could always just fit a smoothbore extension to the gun.


Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:51pm

True, but then, at the ranges the special shells would be used, hits would be mostly luck anyway. Not a Pfeilgeschoss, standard cup-style.

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "Hrolf Hakonson" (Jul 23rd 2007, 7:52pm)


Tuesday, September 30th 2008, 11:04pm

A possible shore battery using twin turrets for the Gerat 36....

53cm Gerat 37, Germany shore battery laid down 1937

1726 t light; 1726 t standard; 1726 t normal; 1726 t full load

2 - 20.98" / 533 mm guns (1x2 guns), 4,850.17lbs / 2,200.00kg shells, 1937 Model
Breech loading guns in a turret (on a barbette)
on centreline forward
Weight of broadside 9,700 lbs / 4,400 kg
Shells per gun, main battery: 150

- Gun armour: Face (max) Other gunhouse (avg) Barbette/hoist (max)
Main: 23.6" / 600 mm 11.0" / 280 mm 16.5" / 420 mm

Immobile shore battery

Distribution of weights at normal displacement:
Armament: 1,155 tons, 0.0 %
Armour: 571 tons, 0.0 %
- Belts: 0 tons, 0.0 %
- Torpedo bulkhead: 0 tons, 0.0 %
- Armament: 571 tons, 0.0 %
- Armour Deck: 0 tons, 0.0 %
- Conning Tower: 0 tons, 0.0 %




Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 4:53am

Its looking about 1.5 MJ shock just to fire this MONSTER. Are you sure any 1930 steels can handle the shock?



Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 11:57am

Shouldn't be a problem, considering the 80cm gun Heavy Gustav had no problems and the prototype for that weapon was on the test range in 1939.


Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 3:07pm

hmmm a couple of these on Heligoland might be quite fun.

Just ran it in big gun for fun, at 30 degrees elevation this thing would supposedly penertrate 15+inches of belt of 12+inches of deck!


Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 3:25pm

At what range, though? 45,000 yards?


Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 3:28pm

Big Gun reports a range at 30 degrees elevation of 39,400m.


Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 3:33pm

yes sorry, 46100yards