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Jim Bow
05-20-2017, 12:49 PM
https://oldmachinepress.com/2017/05/20/krupp-80-cm-schwerer-gustav-dora-railway-gun/

Krupp 80 cm Kanone Schwerer Gustav (Dora) Railway GunDesigned to defeat the Maginot Line. Wasn't really needed.

https://oldmachinepress.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/schwerer-gustav-shooting-curve.jpg

NickW
05-20-2017, 01:46 PM
Jim

That's a really interesting website, thanks.

Nick

David G
05-20-2017, 02:20 PM
But... is of the highest calibre?

Mcjim
05-20-2017, 03:32 PM
Or .... just a big bore?

Phillip Allen
05-20-2017, 03:38 PM
as in 'yawning' at the enemy?

David W Pratt
05-20-2017, 07:23 PM
How did they keep it from derailing if they shot it at a right angle to the tracks? Or Brinnelling the hell out of the axles?

skuthorp
05-20-2017, 07:38 PM
Big guns have been in action in that part of europe for some time,
Mons Meg.
https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/07/c4/f2/58/edinburgh-castle.jpg
"Mons Meg is a medieval (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Ages) bombard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombard_(weapon)) in the collection of the Royal Armouries (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Armouries), but on loan to Historic Scotland (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_Scotland) and located at Edinburgh Castle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Castle) in Scotland (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland).[1] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mons_Meg#cite_note-1) It was built in 1449 on the orders of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_the_Good,_Duke_of_Burgundy) and sent by him as a gift to James II, King of Scots (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_II_of_Scotland) in 1454. The bombard was employed in sieges until the middle of the 16th century"

Jim Bow
05-20-2017, 08:50 PM
How did they keep it from derailing if they shot it at a right angle to the tracks? Or Brinnelling the hell out of the axles?
It couldn't swivel. They aimed it by moving it around a curve.
It was delivered to a site in pieces, then the outlieing track had to be laid, followed by construction of a gantry to lift the pieces into place.
No an easy spur of the moment installation.