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Borreby
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004, 08:16 PM
We know that Loki was the god of mischief, but I wonder how many know that it was also the name of the one of the largest mortars to see action in World War II?

http://www.one35th.com/morser/morser06s.jpg
The Gerät 040 ( 60cm) sel propelled mortar on the test ground

Six were built: Guns I-IV went to the Russian Front in July 1941 with the 628th schwere Artillerie Abteilung. They saw action at various sites, including Lemburg in that year. The best known action was against Sevastopol in 1942. Later, four guns were issued to the 833rd schwere Artillerie Abteilung (mot). These guns had the names Adam, Eve (1st Batt.) and Thorburn, Odin (2nd Batt.) The names for guns V and VI were Loki and Ziu.

More here: http://www.one35th.com/morser/karl_hist.htm

Loki
Thursday, October 7th, 2004, 07:17 AM
:beer-smil

I always liked the name "Loki" and the pagan Germanic mischief behind it. ;)

Dr. Brandt
Thursday, October 7th, 2004, 09:06 AM
Not to mention that one of these babys was used against the bandits in Warsaw 1944! :icon_evil Lovely!

Mistress Klaus
Friday, October 8th, 2004, 10:52 AM
;) Naughty Germans......

Also with those 'Goliath's (remote control mini-tanks/demolition vehicles) to destroy the Polish strongholds...Poles relenting to the use of Molotov cocktails.