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#1 Markus Becker

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 1251 PM

https://i.imgur.com/1FrZRNr.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/sJlGJsZ.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/typNbhv.jpg

Saw it in Dresden in the what I guess is repair yard of the Bundeswehr museum. Sadly that area was off limits.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 1327 PM

looks to be a WW1 gun on a T28 chassis?


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Posted 26 July 2019 - 1328 PM

"Materiel de 280mm sur chenilles (Schneider)"

 

1918 vintage (semi) self propelled 28 cm howitzer. Of French origin, several captured by the Germans in 1940 and notacibly used in the siege of Leningrad. 

 

This only half of th system: the Howitzer mount is propelled by electrical motors and another tractor housed the generator to propel iself and the gun unit. (like the Porshe BE trains for the skoda 38 cm , 42 cm howitzers and 24 cm gun, but these were wheeled)

 

IIRC a very rare beast (IIRC there was one at Aberdeen, don't know where it ended up. It looks as if it is in bad condition, but as perhaps the first operationally used SPG IMHO well worth considering restoring to a degree in the future.


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Posted 26 July 2019 - 1704 PM

A big thanks to the land of very potent beers and excellent restoration for telling us about such an exotic and early SGP.
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Posted 27 July 2019 - 0842 AM

Makes me wonder if the generator vehicle is still existant.


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 0637 AM

 For more info: 

 

http://www.landships...amond_SPGs.html

 

With a (little) bit of searching i found that the SPG at formerly at Aberdeen was the 194 mm gun armed version, so this might be the only 280 mm howitzer version extant.... 

 

It seems that the Dresden 280 mm version was dug out of a hole in the ground...precious find.


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Posted 02 August 2019 - 0710 AM

 For more info: 
 
http://www.landships...amond_SPGs.html
 
With a (little) bit of searching i found that the SPG at formerly at Aberdeen was the 194 mm gun armed version, so this might be the only 280 mm howitzer version extant.... 
 
It seems that the Dresden 280 mm version was dug out of a hole in the ground...precious find.


Thanks for the link!
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