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RAILWAY GUNS OF WORLD WAR 1 GERMANY OSPREY

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RAILWAY GUNS OF WORLD WAR 1 GERMANY OSPREY
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World War I was the Golden Age of the railway gun. More railway artillery pieces were used during this war than in any other conflict, even though at the start of the war none of the armies had railway guns and the very idea of railway artillery was comparatively new. The impetus to build and field railway-mounted guns came from the stalemate of trench warfare. The first railway guns--fielded by the French army in early 1915--were simple, improvised designs made by mounting surplus coastal defense, fortress, and naval guns onto existing commercial railway carriages. These first guns were fielded to primarily provide heavy artillery support to the frontline infantry. The British and German Armies followed suit and soon railway guns were employed all along the Western Front.

Of course, Australia's claim to fame in Railway guns, is that Australian troops from 31st Battalion captured the Amiens Gun, in late 1918. The gun was brought back to Australia complete after the war, only to have some 'bright spark' in the 1960's scrap the carriage and bogies.  The barrel and cover remained, safely is now in the grounds of the AWM.

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Book Condition:
No major problems very much as new quality
Outer Cover on Book:
Soft Cover
Total Pages:
48

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