Skoda 30.5cm Siege Howitzer

30.5cm Siege Howitzer –  Manufacturer: Takom #2011 – Scale: 1/35

Markings: Zweibrucken, Germany in April 1945 – Build Date 2015 – Model by Clayton Ockerby

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A brief history

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Development of this weapon began in 1906, when the Austro-Hungarian high command had the desire to develop a weapon capable of penetrating the concrete fortresses being built in Belgium and Italy. Four years after work had begun on the weapon the first round was fired in 1910.

It’s armour-piercing shell tipped the scales at around 384 kg and was able to penetrate 2 metres of reinforced concrete at a range of almost 6kms. After a few refinements to the initial design through 1911 an order for 24 of these guns was placed by the Minister of War, Moritz von Laufenberg.

The weapon proved to be extremely successful and became a real linchpin in the battle plans of WW1. It played the role that the heavy bombers would later go on to play in WW2, beating the opposition into submission.

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