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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:55 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:21 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:41 AM
No we didn't not on wheels as in puuled by horses or lorry. Railway gun had an 18-inch Howitzer barrel. Well for the pedantic it was on wheels.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:33 PM
I have been asked by someone to find out whether we had a 18 inch wheeled howitzer during the Great War!
Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:01 PM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:16 PM
The Howitzer in the photographs is mounted on a proofing sled, this isn't the carriage it would have used in action. It stood for many years outside the Rotunda in woolwich, but is now located adjacent to the rugby pitches at RSA Larkhill.
Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:02 AM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:59 AM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:53 AM
The usual reason, they wanted to throw a big projectile a long way. For the same muzzle velocity a heavier projectile goes further.
The RAF wasn't capable of delivering 1000lb bombs. When they got that capability super heavy artillery became rendundant.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:02 AM
I think the Allies were expecting to stage the final attack on the German lines in 1919, and were building up super-heavy artillery, tanks etc. to support the push and avoid massive casualties. In fact the war ended before most of the new heavy weapons were ready, with the exception of a few British and US 14-inch railway guns that were deployed from mid-1918 onwards.
The article in Wikipedia on the 18 inch BL howitzer has some information of the use of the 18in howitzer in WW2.
I'm puzzled why the 18 inch was developed in the first place - perhaps it was "because we can and the French have a 20inch howitzer