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The immense weapon you can see have existed. Moreover, there were two of these incredible guns. It has been manufactured by Krupp for the third Reich during WW-2. Hitler wanted "a gun able to pierce a meter of stell, seven meters of concrete, or thirty meters of dense earth". As you can see, it's a railroad gun. But it's so large that two railways are just enough to ensure stability and weight distribution.
Three calibers could have been used: 700, 800 and even 1000 mm ! The Oberkommando Heer conducted the fisrt tests of these enormous guns during 1935, for the growing Reich. You must know that railroad guns where very numorous during WW-2: they represented mobile high-power artillery. Before the Dora, the largest of these were 280 mm units. The design of the gun, which was very demanding, ended in 1937.
Even now, we can hardly imagine how we could manufacture the enormous 290 tonnen barrel, an huge steel pipe, 32 meters long. Monobloc trunion craddles, on which are put the trunion pins of the barrel, are as tall as a 4-floor building : these oversized parts needed long preparation, and initial delivery date during spring 1940 could not be met. The gun was ready in '41, and undergone testing at the Hillersleben training ground. It was ready for action in late 1942.
Unfortunately (for the gun), all its targets where almost down or captured at this time: the Maginot line, Gibraltar...
The only target the Dora crushed was Sevastopol. During five days, the gun shot 48 shells over 7 targets. Its monstruous power put down the forts of the town, delivering never seen damage at each shot. You know the "bang" a rifle does, so try to imagine the sound of apocalypse when a 7 ton shell is fired, using thousands pounds of gun powder, enough to send it dozens of miles away... This is not sci-fi, this was the madness of a tyran, and probably the most outstanding achievement in conventionnal balistics.
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
Yeah I was hoping for a rifle that could splatter an elephant. Something even more hardcore than a 50 cal.
Originally posted by DJMessiah
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
Something even more hardcore than a 50 cal.
How about a 60 cal?
Originally posted by intrepid
What do you mean by "gun"? You both seem to be talking about artillery.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
i would wager that the crews of the various nuclear capable artillery peices would argue that they were the most powerfull
Originally posted by fritz
You are most certainly correct Desert Dawg.
I cannot remember the calibre, but this super gun ran along the cliff edge of the Pas de Calais and worked [allegedly] along the lines of a massive recoilles rifle.
I believe that every 50 or 100 metres, there was a venturi with some type of 'charge' and, when the shell or projectile passed, the venturi was fired electrically.
Whether or not this 'V' weapon would have worked, is a matter of conjecture, because allied bombing destroyed the 'barrel' in several places along the coast.
Originally posted by Desert Dawg
Interesting premise with the hill-side cannon, the only apparent adjustment available would be for range and that simply by altering the weight of the shell and the powder charge.