NWAir757
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Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:28 am

What was the name of that enourmous artillery canon that was situated on a train car? I saw a short clip of it somewhere and I have been trying to find out the name of this behemoth with no avail. It was built by the nazis sometime during WWII I belive I could be wrong.
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:33 am

The Germans built a bunch of railguns. I don't know their individual names, but I can tell you that it is NOT Big Bertha. That was a howitzer used during the invasion of Belgium in WW1
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:33 am

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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:33 am

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NWAir757
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:34 am

Oh I wasnt aware that there were multiple creations of this type of weapon. Thanks for the info I'm still trying to find images of one.
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:35 am

Yep, That was it thanks westy. The size of it is just impressive to me.
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:37 am

Quoting NWAir757 (Reply 5):
The size of it is just impressive to me.

Why thank you.

Oh wait ...  Wink
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:38 am

Yea, I was afraid someone would take that the wrong way. >_<
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:54 am

I can't recall the name of it off the top of my head, but know that the range was ferocious.

Reminds me of the Guns of Navarone---what a classic movie.
 
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:02 am

Gotta love Wikipedia. It is so inaccurate!

Compares the 80cm shell with a tank. Only problem is the shell was thirty feet closer to the camera than the tank was.

I've seen the 16 inch projectiles for the big US battlships. Hard to imagine one nearly twice the diamter!
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:09 am

The Germans had several rail guns during the second war, which all were descendants of the the 60cm Karl the Great WWI gun (which shelled the outskirts of Paris during the waning days of WWI), with the largest being Dora, an 800mm howitzer that launched 48 shells in anger during the second world war, and amounted to being an early weapon of mass destruction.

This thing took a crew of 1450 men 4 to 6 weeks to assemble and service the weapon and 500 just to shoot it. It had it's own airplanes and intelligence units assigned to select and perform BDA targets. They were designed with the intent of engaging Maginot line forts, and were made superfluous for this purpose when tactics changed (see Guderian) and they sent a 10000+lb HE shell, or a 16000+lb penetrator shell (for bunkers and forts) a distance of 25 miles. These were the first true and effective mobile superguns.

Here's a website for Dora
http://www.aopt91.dsl.pipex.com/rail...ailwayguns/German/Dora%20index.htm



and here's a website describing a 280mm gun that was also mounted on a rail car by the Germans.

http://www.one35th.com/model/k5/k5_hist01.htm

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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:07 am

Hitler (who loved these sort of things) certainly was prepared to pour huge material and manpower resources into such limited, inflexible and in an age of airpower, vulnerable weapons.
 
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:48 pm

At the time they were devised (early 1930s) airpower was unproven and the thought was that such weapons would be needed to blast holes into heavily fortified defenses like the Maginot line in order for the Panzers to have a clear run.

They were used in that capacity only once, during the siege of Sevastopol, where the Luftwaffe controlled the skies.
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:04 pm

Wasn't it called the Paris Gun?
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:50 pm

No, that was a WW1 weapon used to shell Paris.
The WW2 weapons were in part inspired by it but were not the same.
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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 12:32 am

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RE: Big Nazi Artillery Canon?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 1:21 am

The Krupp K5, also known as Anzio Annie, was part of the defense during the Allied invasion of Anzio, Italy.
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