21 cm K 12 (E) file photo [10853]

21 cm K 12 (E) Railway Gun

Country of OriginGermany
TypeRailway Gun
Caliber211.000 mm
Length41,300.000 mm
Barrel Length33,300.000 mm
Weight302000.000 kg
Ammunition Weight107.50 kg
Range115,000 m
Muzzle Velocity1,500 m/s

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe 21 cm Kanone 12 Eisenbahnlafette (21 cm K 12 (E) for short) railway guns were developed by the German armament firm Krupp, building on top of the knowledge learned by the WW1-era Paris Gun to drastically improve barrel life. They were tested between 1935 and 1938, and between 1938 and 1940 two guns were built. The guns were mounted on simple box-girder carriages, which were carried on two subframes sitting atop double bogies. During travel, the guns were disconnected with their recoiling systems and retracted 1.5 meters to reduce the overall length. In action, they could only be reloaded at a low elevation, thus they must be re-aimed for each shot. The first gun, K 12 N (E), was deployed into service in Mar 1939; the second, K 12 V (E), joined its sister as a part of the German Army Artillerie-Batterie 701 (E) on the coast of the English Channel. They were used as long-range bombardment guns against the English coast; fragments from their shells were recovered as far as Chatham, Kent, England in the United Kingdom, which was about 88 kilometers from the coast point on the French coast.

Source: Wikipedia.

ww2dbase

Last Major Revision: Aug 2010

Photographs

German 21 cm K 12 (E) railway gun in firing position, France, date unknown




Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds


Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code
 

 

Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
21 cm K 12 (E) Railway Gun Photo Gallery
German 21 cm K 12 (E) railway gun in firing position, France, date unknown




Famous WW2 Quote
"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."

Winston Churchill