Railway Guns

Author: John Goodwin
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781473854123
Release Date: 2016-08-30
Genre: History

In the nineteenth century the War Office showed little interest in developing large heavy artillery for its land forces, preferring instead to equip its warships with the biggest guns. Private initiatives to mount a gun on a railway truck pulled by a steam engine were demonstrated before military chiefs in the Southern Counties, but not taken up. However, the development of longer-range guns, weighing up to 250 tons, to smash through the massive armies and trench systems on the Western Front in 1916, led to a rethink. The only way to move these monsters about quickly in countryside thick with mud was to mount them on specially built railway trucks towed by locomotives. The railway guns were to be put on little-used country lines where they could fire on beaches, road junctions and harbors. The locations and cooperation given by the independent railway companies is explained, as are the difficulties of using the same lines for war and civilian traffic. The First World War also saw the emergence of large training camps for railway men. When the war ended most railway guns were dismantled and lost in ordnance depots. The Army Council was uncertain about artillery needs in a future war, so training, and development stopped. This book largely concentrates on the realities of the time, the type of gun, the locomotives, artillery targets, locations, and what it was like when firing took place. It is fully illustrated with pictures, maps and plans covering different aspects of railway guns their locomotives and equipment.

Railway Guns of World War I

Author: Marc Romanych
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472816412
Release Date: 2017-08-24
Genre: History

World War I was the Golden Age of the railway gun. Even though at the start of the conflict none of the armies possessed any railway artillery pieces and the very idea was comparatively new, more railway guns were used during this war than in any other conflict. Designed to break the stalemate of trench warfare, the first railway guns were simple, improvised designs made by mounting surplus coastal defence, fortress, and naval guns onto existing commercial railway carriages. As the war dragged on, railway artillery development shifted to longer range guns that could shell targets deep behind enemy lines. This change of role brought much larger and more sophisticated guns often manufactured by mounting long-barrel naval guns to specially-designed railway carriages. This book details the design and development of railway guns during World War I from the very first basic designs to massive purpose built "monster" railway guns. Accompanying the text are many rare, never-before-published, photographs and colour illustrations depicting how these weapons were used during World War I.

Railway Guns of World War II

Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472810694
Release Date: 2016-02-25
Genre: History

World War II marked the zenith of railway gun development. Although many of the railway guns deployed at the start of the conflict were of World War I vintage, Germany's ambitious development programme saw the introduction of a number of new classes, including the world's largest, the 80cm-calibre Schwerer Gustav and Schwerer Dora guns, which weighed in at 1,350 tons and fired a huge 7-ton shell. This book provides an overview of the types of railway guns in service during World War II, with a special focus on the German railway artillery used in France, Italy and on the Eastern Front, and analyzes why railway guns largely disappeared from use following the end of the war.

Railway Guns

Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
ISBN: 1230583025
Release Date: 2013-09
Genre:

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 37. Chapters: Railway gun, Amiens Gun, 12-inch coast defense mortar, 130 mm/50 B13 Pattern 1936, 14"/50 caliber railway gun, 28 cm SK L/40 "Bruno," 38 cm SK L/45 "Max," 24 cm SK L/40 "Theodor Karl," 21 cm SK "Peter Adalbert," 20.3 cm K, 24 cm Theodor Kanone, Krupp K5, 24 cm Theodor Bruno Kanone, 17 cm SK L/40 i.R.L. auf Eisenbahnwagen, BL 9.2 inch Railway Gun, 21 cm K 12, BL 14 inch Railway Gun, 28 cm K L/40 "Kurfurst," Cannone navali da 381/40, BL 13.5 inch Mk V naval gun, 24 cm SK L/30 "Theodor Otto," 28 cm schwere Bruno Kanone, 14-inch M1920 railway gun, BL 12 inch railway howitzer, 38 cm Siegfried K, Obusier de 520 modele 1916, BL 12 inch Railway Gun, 15 cm K, 15 cm SK "Nathan," 8-inch M1888, 8 inch Mk. VI railway gun, Type 90 240 mm railway gun, 17 cm K, BL 18 inch railway howitzer, List of railway artillery. Excerpt: A railway gun, also called a railroad gun, is a large artillery piece, often surplus naval ordnance, mounted on, transported by and fired from a specially designed railway wagon. Many countries have built railway guns, but the best known are the large Krupp-built pieces used by Germany in World War I and World War II. Smaller guns were often part of an armoured train. Railway guns (like their seagoing analogues, battleships) have been rendered obsolete by advances in technology. Their large size and limited mobility make them vulnerable to attack, and similar payloads can be delivered by aircraft, rocket, or missile. The design of a railroad gun has three issues over and above those of an ordinary artillery piece to consider. Namely how the gun is going to be traversed - i.e. moved from side to side to aim; how the horizontal component of the recoil force will be absorbed by the gun's carriage and how the vertical recoil force will be absorbed by the ground. Non-traversing (top); car traversing mount...

Railway Weapons

Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
ISBN: 1230652167
Release Date: 2013-09
Genre:

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 40. Chapters: Railway guns, Amiens Gun, 12-inch coast defense mortar, 130 mm/50 B13 Pattern 1936, 14"/50 caliber railway gun, LGM-118 Peacekeeper, 28 cm SK L/40 "Bruno," 38 cm SK L/45 "Max," 24 cm SK L/40 "Theodor Karl," 21 cm SK "Peter Adalbert," 20.3 cm K, Peacekeeper Rail Garrison Car, 24 cm Theodor Kanone, Krupp K5, 24 cm Theodor Bruno Kanone, 17 cm SK L/40 i.R.L. auf Eisenbahnwagen, BL 9.2 inch Railway Gun, 21 cm K 12, BL 14 inch Railway Gun, RT-23 Molodets, 28 cm K L/40 "Kurfurst," Cannone navali da 381/40, BL 13.5 inch Mk V naval gun, 24 cm SK L/30 "Theodor Otto," 28 cm schwere Bruno Kanone, 14-inch M1920 railway gun, BL 12 inch railway howitzer, 38 cm Siegfried K, Obusier de 520 modele 1916, BL 12 inch Railway Gun, 15 cm K, 15 cm SK "Nathan," 8-inch M1888, 8 inch Mk. VI railway gun, Type 90 240 mm railway gun, 17 cm K, BL 18 inch railway howitzer, List of railway artillery. Excerpt: A railway gun, also called a railroad gun, is a large artillery piece, often surplus naval ordnance, mounted on, transported by and fired from a specially designed railway wagon. Many countries have built railway guns, but the best known are the large Krupp-built pieces used by Germany in World War I and World War II. Smaller guns were often part of an armoured train. Railway guns (like their seagoing analogues, battleships) have been rendered obsolete by advances in technology. Their large size and limited mobility make them vulnerable to attack, and similar payloads can be delivered by aircraft, rocket, or missile. The design of a railroad gun has three issues over and above those of an ordinary artillery piece to consider. Namely how the gun is going to be traversed - i.e. moved from side to side to aim; how the horizontal component of the recoil force will be absorbed by the gun's carriage and how the vertical recoil force will be...

Railway Artillery

Author: United States. Army. Ordnance Department
Publisher:
ISBN: HARVARD:HN636U
Release Date: 1921
Genre: Artillery


Railway artillery

Author: C.C. Williams
Publisher: Рипол Классик
ISBN: 9781275657625
Release Date:
Genre: History

A report on the characteristics, scope of utility, etc. of railway artillery.

One of Our L6 inch Railway Guns

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:1089896165
Release Date: 2011
Genre:

Description: This is part of a published series of photographs pasted on board by Realistic Travels London. Each card has two photographs pasted on it. Most cards are still in their original cases. Numbers 430 to 524 are in one case; numbers 525-614 are in another case; numbers 615-632 do not have a case. The first number refers to the archival number assigned; the second to the published number.

Railway Artillery

Author: United States. Army. Ordnance Dept
Publisher:
ISBN: NYPL:33433009380209
Release Date: 1922
Genre:


The Great Railway Revolution

Author: Christian Wolmar
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780857897794
Release Date: 2012-05-10
Genre: History

In the 1830s, The United States underwent a second revolution. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line, the first American railroad, set in motion a process which, by the end of the century, would enmesh the vast country in a latticework of railroad lines, small-town stations and magisterial termini, built and controlled the biggest corporations in America. By the middle of the twentieth century, however, as the automobile and the aeroplane came to dominate American journey-making, the historic importance of the railroads began to be erased from America's hearts and minds. In The Great Railway Revolution, Christian Wolmar tells us the extraordinary one-hundred-and-eighty-year story of the rise, fall and ultimate shattering of the greatest of all American endeavours, of technological triumph and human tragedy, of visionary pioneers and venal and rapacious railway barons. He also argues that while America has largely disowned this heritage, now is the time to celebrate, reclaim and reinstate it. The growth of the US railroads was much more than just a revolution in mode, speed and convenience. They united the far-flung components of a vast and disparate country and supercharged the economic development that fuelled its rise to world-power status. America was created by its railroads and the massive expansion of trade, industry and freedom of communication that they engendered came to be an integral part of the American dream itself.

German Artillery of World War Two

Author: Ian V Hogg
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 9781473896932
Release Date: 2013-10-12
Genre: History

The complete story of German Artillery during World War Two, this illustrated volume is divided into sections according to the weapon classes: Infantry, Mountain and Field Artillery, Heavy Field Artillery, Heavy Artillery, Railway Artillery, Anti-Aircraft

Fort Miles

Author: Dr. Gary Wray
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9781439617144
Release Date: 2006-01-25
Genre: History

Fort Miles is in Cape Henlopen State Park near historic Lewes and the site of Delaware’s first Dutch settlement. Named for Gen. Nelson Appleton Miles, this powerful seacoast fortification was built during World War II to defend the vital industries of the Delaware Valley. Included in this volume are rare vintage photographs of the fort’s heavy artillery, hundreds of 3,000-pound sea mines, and radar systems that searched the nearby ocean for the enemy surface fleet. Its powerful 12- and 16-inch guns could reach out between 15 and 25 miles to attack an adversary. Today, the fort is being reborn as one of the best World War II museums in the country; it is housed in a real World War II bunker and includes the barracks complex and fire control towers.

Allied artillery of World War Two

Author: Ian V. Hogg
Publisher: Crowood Pr
ISBN: STANFORD:36105023465805
Release Date: 1998-12
Genre: History

Described in detail are the weapons available to Allied forces from 1939 through 1945. Complete specifications are accompanied by an array of rare photographs and drawings covering all types of artillery.