The Grille (German: "cricket") were series of self propelled artillery vehicles were used by Nazi Germany during World War II. The Grille 17 was a prototype.
About this creation
In 1942, Krupp received orders to design a vehicle using Tiger II’s components, which was to be part of Grille series of self-propelled artillery. It was to be able to mount 170mm K 72 L/50 gun - Grille 17. It was ordered that its weight should be 53 to 58 tons. In 1943/44, Krupp started production of the prototype, while full-scale production was to start in mid-1945, but the end of the war cancelled any further development.
The Grille 17 had its armament mounted on the rail platform inside the hull allowing it to be dismounted anytime. Each variant was also armed with two 7.92mm machine guns.It would be operated by the crew of eight (driver, commander, gunner, radio operator and four loaders). Powered by or HL230P45, Grille would be able to travel at maximum speed of 45 km/h with range of 250km. Fuel capacity was to be 1000 liters.
One prototype Grille 17 with 170mm gun was almost completed in May of 1945 but was captured by British troops at Haustenbeck near Paderborn, Germany.
Weight - 58 metric tons
Length - 13 meters
Width - 3.27 meters
Height - 3.15 meters
Armor - 13 to 30mm
Primary armament - 1x 170mm K 72 L/50 gun
Secondary armament - 1x coaxiel MG34
Crew - 8 (driver, commander, gunner, radio operator and four loaders)
Ammunition - 16 rounds
Engine - Maybach HL230P30
Fuel capacity - 1000 liters
Speed - 45 km/h
Range - 250 km