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38 mm grenade from Tirpitz

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Here is a 38 mm grenade salvaged during digging outside Tromsoe. In 1963 Northern Norway. 

It was fired toward Lancasters in the failed attack in october 29. 1944 two month before the sinking. The rang of this 173 cm x 38 cm 800 kg grenade is said to be 4200 meters. 

It is over 1 hour drive aprox a bit over 80 km drive but of course shorter in a straight line. 

Not my photo borrowed from MK wararchives

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Wiki has 36,5km effective range for that piece of arty shell, but I don't know how it is perceived in Norway..fjords are quite narrow 😀😉

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All depends on gun elevation and charge, but you can achieve 40+km with that shell. On the Bismarck class battleships the maximum gun elevation was 30° with a muzzle velocity of 820m/s, resulting in about 36km range. In coastal artillery, the same shell was fired at up to 50+° elevation, resulting in 42km range. Also available for coastal artillery was a different, larger charge, resulting in a muzzle velocity of 1050m/s, giving up to 55km range.

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Battle of Narvik

Not really remembered. But two month of hard fighting and huge losses in Naval , air and infantry with 5 armies from 5 different Nations 
Polish, French, English and Norwegian on one side and Austrian and German gebriktjaeger and paratroopers under command of Dietl
https://archive.org/details/Boettger-Gerd-Narvik-im-Bild/page/n13

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Last pictures from final battles when German forces was prepering to retreat over Swedish border
And oaratroopers reinforced Dietels possisions
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Narvik. Gloster Gladiators operating from frozen Lake Lesjaskog; the sinking of HMS Glorious by Scharnhorst, due to incompetence on the Royal Navy side by everyone except the escorting destroyers; all sorts of soldiers (and sailors) wandering up and down mountains; ships masts protruding above the fog in the fjords. And a German victory gifted to them by the British government.

Interesting battle.

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Well I imagine when Battle of France really went down the toilet. Winston found it wise to bring home the little that was left of the army.

Who could anticipate the success salvage in Dunkirk. 

But 1 day more and Germans had left

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