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What is this French monster gun?

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Roger Todd
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I have seen this photo of a monster French railway gun, here (http://www.worldwar1.com/pharc005.htm):



Note the monstrous recoil cylinders, which give it an incredibly aggressive appearance! Now, at first I thought it might have been another type of 400-mm obusier. The carriage looks the same, only the recoil cylinders are different. The most common type (as photographed, and drawn and modelled by Arie D) is here:




However, the barrel of the mysterious monster appears even fatter than the usual 400-mm gun - or is it just perspective?


Then I thought maybe it's the Schneider 520-mm obusier, but, again, it doesn't look like that either:



So what is it? I'm inclined to think that it's another type of 400-mm obusier, but I am, as ever, open to suggestions...



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Roger Todd

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Oops, bit of a cock-up on the captioning front...

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Mario Wens

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Well, Mr What is this French monster gun?,


I have never seen this Roger Todd in photographs before


All fun aside, I have a book on Heavy French Guns at home, and will see if it's in there when I get back from work.


Mario



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Roger Todd

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I wish there was a red-faced smiley...


Anyway, much obliged Mario!


Maybe you could give Jon H some help with his French artillery posts...?



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Mario Wens

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Roger Todd wrote:


Maybe you could give Jon H some help with his French artillery posts...?


I was thinking about that. I wanted to post about that book anyway, since it is part two of two volumes, and I can't find part one anywhere! To be continued...


Mario



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Roger Todd

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Mario, I'm probably teaching grandma to suck eggs, but have you looked on this site for Part One:


http://www.bookfinder.com


There are special sections for French, German and Italian books (thought I'd mention that on the off-chance that your book is French).



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Mario Wens

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Sorry Roger,


Les Materiels de l'Armee Franšaise 1940 Tome 2 draws a blank on this one. As the title suggests it deals with the French Army of 1940, and this type obviously was no longer in use then...


Yes, I know how to suck eggs, but I drew a blank there too. I'll post my question in a separate post to see if anyone can help.


Mario



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Jon Hornbostel

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Hello Roger,


It is my understanding that your photo shows the single US 16 inch RR Howitzer prototype.  The "Defeating the Hun" website has some info about it, and I found the photo below in one of my old books:



Jon



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Roger Todd

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Excellent detective work, Jon, thanks! Magnificent photo, too. It looks very much like the French 400-mm mount. Maybe I shouldn't be too surprised, the Americans do seem to have used a few French carriages (or at least French designs).


Anyway, I can scratch that off my French railway gun list...



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eugene

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Roger ive seen a color photo of a american rail gun
ill post it as soon as I find it again

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Roger Todd

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That would be massively cool, Eugene, thanks!

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