Krupp 80cm K (E) “SCHWERER GUSTAV / DORA”

The megalomania of the German III Reich reached its zenith with the manufacture of the “80cm K (E)” or “Schwerer Gustav / Dora” or “Gustav Gerät” railway gun. This gun was not the largest caliber, with the longest barrel length or the longest range, but in absolute terms it is the largest mobile land weapon ever manufactured, as well as the largest gun in history put into service. Only one example of this gigantic weapon was operational,which was capable of firing 4.8-ton high-explosive (HE) shells at 47 km away, or the even more impressive 7.1-ton armor piercing (AP) shells at 38 km away.

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Country of origin

Germany

Builder

Krupp

Type

Railway gun

Entered service

1941

Crew

500 servers

Combat weight

1,350,000 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

47.30 x 7.10 x 11.60 meters

Armament

1 x 800/40.6mm Krupp rifled gun

Rate of fire, (maximum)

1 round every 45 minutes

Shell weight

HE: 4.80 tonnes – AP: 7.10 tonnes

Shell range

HE: 47 km – AP: 38 km

Muzzle velocity

HE shell: 820 m/s – AP shell: 720 m/s

Warhead, (explosive charge)

HE shell: 700 kg – AP shell: 250 kg

Production

2 manufactured but only 1 operational