Railway Artillery. Italy, August 1944.
In quite a few of my writings I have mentioned a railway gun that fired a large shell from a long distance. On doing some research from a book a friend at the Nanaimo museum loaned me, I came up with these facts. The Gun was a 28cm listed as a K5[E]. This massive gun had a range of over 38 miles and fired a shell weighing 563.38 pounds. Here I thought initially that the shells were in the three hundred pound class. No wonder when they hit a stone building that the building's walls would disintegrate. Apparently only two ww2 railway guns still are in existence. One in France and one at the Aberdeen Proving ground in USA. This gun certainly seemed accurate as it rained death and destruction all around us. The Germans were good gunners and this gun would be run out of a tunnel, fired then retreat into the tunnel to reload. The desert airforce was always on the look out to destroy this monster. Pieces from the exploding shells carried for hundreds of feet and were not particular who they or what they hit. I do not remember this gun after we had left the Montemaggorie area thank goodness. Just thought I would include these facts for anyone interested in such a gun.