Originally Posted by Hetzer 15
True, those guns do have a place and a time, but after the Seige at Sevastapol, there was no other place to go...granted a few when to Leningrad to add there weight there, but this action in the Crimea was there REAL use in there envisioned use.
Airpower had taken a HUGE leap forward, more than what anyone really thought was possible. The Luftwaffe was able to "on its own" repel attacks and beat off counterattacks without much help from the ground. At least in this stage of the war.
Most of these huge guns that were placed there in Sevastopol(by the USSR) could have been bypassed and left for teams with flamethowers or flame tanks to deal with IMHO.
Beyond there use there, there was nowhere else to really go out and have a fun day pushing shells into the lower stratusphere, and trying to hit stuff. Germany had developed most of these guns for the French belt defenses, and those were largely bypassed and taken from the rear, even though they were impreggnable from massed point blank range fire!
IDK, I guess Im not really convinced that these huge guns, did the job that was at hand. Germany devoted much to there construction and I think everyone thought this was a place to send them to justify the large sums of Reichmarks put into there construction...
When you look at the bigger picture. The Huge guns in the Atlantic Wall, did little good, the turret Maxim Gorki fired many many rounds, but did no real damage, other than burn out many many barrels! Anzio Annie, was little more than a sideshow at best. The 20-25 K5 railroad guns, were made out as a HUGE asset, but in the end were used as more of a last ditch weapon.
Once the railroad network was under constant attack from airpower or partisans, getting these huge guns from place to place was a huge undertaking and more trouble than it was probably worth!
It would be possible that the Germans thought of these weapons as prestige objects something to show off their military might to the world.
They only place where these weapons could have been of some use, would have been as coastal artillery. For some reason or other, events overtook the use of these weapons for such a purpose. The Germans had plans to save the the situation in Normandy, by bringing in these beasties. Too late.
Had these German pieces had been installed in the Normandy landing areas prior to the invasion they would have been a great threat to the allied fleet.
The Germans did have railway artillery along the front. But these were without exception booty material. And they were all stationed outside the invasion area.
Maybe the Germans considered their own pieces too valuable, after all these are very sizeable pieces and likely prone to air attack.