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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2018 3:21 p.m. PST

"Mounting heavy artillery on mobile railroad cars was first proposed by Russian Gustav Kori in 1847, and was first used in combat in the American Civil War.

When World War I began, France and Germany appropriated naval cannons and coastal defense batteries and deployed them to the front via rail.

Once in place, railway guns were mounted on specially constructed semicircular tracks, which allowed them to be pointed in the direction of targets…."
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Lee49404 Aug 2018 3:52 p.m. PST


Gaz004505 Aug 2018 1:13 a.m. PST

Big railway guns always seem to have made good propaganda photos, other than Verdun, the reduction of Soviet Sevastopol and Anzio Annie I can't think of any other effective deployments………?

(Effective being used as having influence in destruction or influence of morale – Anzio Annie for example. )

Griefbringer05 Aug 2018 1:44 a.m. PST

Brits had a big railway gun in Cover during WWII that they used to bombard German positions against the channel. Not certain what effect it had on Jerries, but it probably at least halped to boost the British morale…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2018 2:26 p.m. PST

And the Germans have the same in the other side of the Channel… (smile)


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