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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 10:03 p.m. PST

"Seoul has to cope with an unusual urban planning program for a huge, modern metropolis: the northern side of the capital lies little more than 30 miles from the border of North Korea, within range of hundreds of enemy artillery pieces — a zone that Pyongyang has threatened to turn into a "sea of fire." City planners have gamely built more than 23 square kilometers of bomb shelters in the South Korean capital as a precaution.

While the growing threat posed by Pyongyang's ballistic missiles, potentially with nuclear armament, is of greater concern, the effects of a sustained deluge of high explosive or chemical shells on a city with a population of 10 million — greater than New York City — is still hair-raising to consider…."


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pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2017 3:21 a.m. PST

An impressive artillery piece, but it's material condition looks rather poor. Not much of a threat, IMO.

PMC31725 Oct 2017 3:59 a.m. PST

pzivh43 – the one in the image is an Iraqi version, captured from the Iranians, and currently sitting knackered in a tank/vehicle park somewhere around Baghdad.

The DPRK's ones will be in much better nick.

Great War Ace Inactive Member25 Oct 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

That's a baby gun. In spite of the double entendre it is puny compared to a rail gun, for instance, or real artillery sitting entirely out of range.

Dentatus Fezian25 Oct 2017 6:24 a.m. PST

Between the rust and the lack of tracks, I don't think it's much of a concern.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2017 10:48 a.m. PST



jdginaz25 Oct 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

"The DPRK's ones will be in much better nick."

Better but not likely much better.

Lion in the Stars25 Oct 2017 4:54 p.m. PST

Oh, the 170mm guns.

Might be usable, but might not be very effective. The US 175mm guns were particularly inaccurate due to barrel whip.

But yeah, 500 of those.

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