German self-propelled siege mortar Karl-Gerät

Tank museum in Kubinka, Hall N6 (Auto and armored Nazi Germany — Third Reich) exhibits

Self-propelled siege mortar  «Karl-Gerät» (040/041) (museum soviet catalogue name SU-600 «Tor» ? type), also known as «Karl Mörser», 1940,  small serial

Disigned in 1940 and built by the company «Rheinmetall». Releases in 1941 (total amount 6 units + 1 prototype). Each mortar had the own name.

It was believed that this mortar № VI «Ziu» was captured by the Red Army units. However, during the restoration under a layer of paint called «Ziu» we found the label » Adam», and after the restoration the name «Adam» was re-painted. But what N / name was captruted by Red army?

Self-propelled siege mortar

Немецкая тяжелая самоходная установка СУ-600 "Тор"

German heavy self-propelled siege mortar Karl

Tactical technical characteristics

  • Weight — 60 tons
  • Crew — 12 people
  • Overall dimensions (length x width x height)  — 11100 x 4070 x 4540 mm.
  • weaponry: gun (mortar)  1,  caliber — 600 mm.,  ammunition — 6 shots
  • The armor protection —  13  mm.
  • Engine power — 750 hp
  • Maximum speed — 12 km / h

design features:

Base – special.

The overall layout — powerplant and power transmission placed in front of the machine body.

Armament — loading mortar separation (using the loading mechanism); turning and lifting mechanisms are the sector type with the manual transmission.

Armored protection — the driver’s compartment — closed, the work places and setting mortars placed in an open area.

Chassis — the diesel engine «Mercedes-Benz»; Average specific ground pressure 0.75 kg / cm2; There are radio and a special device for the lowering a body before the firing on the ground; the hydromechanical power transmission; Suspension torsion bar; the double rollers.