German coastal and rail mounted guns

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Re: German coastal and rail mounted guns

Post by RF » Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:42 pm

ede144 wrote:Rf,
I believe you missed my point.
I wasn't questioning the evidence given concerning the greater efficiency and capability of rail movement in comparison with road transportation, which also, as with rail, could be exposed to air attack.
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Re: German coastal and rail mounted guns

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:52 am

I think the super gun Dora was used, for it's brief life, without any problem from the allies. But I'm not that sure of it.
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Re: German coastal and rail mounted guns

Post by Byron Angel » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:36 am

Karl Heidenreich wrote:I think the super gun Dora was used, for it's brief life, without any problem from the allies. But I'm not that sure of it.


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Re: German coastal and rail mounted guns

Post by tommy303 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:49 pm

Anzio Annie was a 28cm K5(e); it was known to it's German crew as Leopold.

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Re: German coastal and rail mounted guns

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:18 am

Ok. The greatest guns ever mounted on rails and used in action were the Schwerer Gustav and the Dora. The Leopold (which is the one I made in 1:35) was a much smaller gun.

The Dora:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dora_gun

The Leopold:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_railway_gun

And some other very funny gadgets:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bertha_(Howitzer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Gun
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Re: German coastal and rail mounted guns

Post by paul.mercer » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:58 pm

Gentlemen,
I know we are all supposed to be on metric nowadays, but for an oldie like me, what would the biggest gun be in inches?

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Re: German coastal and rail mounted guns

Post by steffen19k » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:22 pm

That would depend on your definition of the weapon in question

The US built a mortar called Little David with a Bore of 36 inches, but I would consider Schwere Gustav the biggest gun ever with its 31 inch bore, and sheer SIZE! :shock:
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:04 pm

I heard on Little David.... simply amazing!

There is also an atomic cannon somewhere. Early Cold War idea.
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Re: German coastal and rail mounted guns

Post by tommy303 » Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:26 pm

There are eight of the M65 atomic cannons left, which were based to a degree on the 28cm K5(e). I believe one is at Aberdeen and another, which I have seen, is at the Atomic Energy Museum in Albuquerque New Mexico. The others are at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Watervliet Arsenal New York, Rock Island Arsenal Illinois, Junction City Kansas, and Virginia War Museum at Newport News VA.

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