World war ii was the railway guns technological zenith as well as the huge but impractical 80cm ke gustav and dora germany also fielded modern and versatile new railway guns such as the 28cm k5e of which the famous anzio annie was an example although increasingly vulnerable from the air the wehrmachts railway . World war ii marked the zenith of railway gun development although many of the railway guns deployed at the start of the conflict were of world war i vintage germanys ambitious development programme saw the introduction of a number of new classes including the worlds largest the 80cm calibre schwerer gustav and schwerer dora guns which weighed in at 1350 tons and fired a huge 7 ton shell. Service during world war ii with a special focus on the german railway artillery used in france italy and on the eastern front analyzing why railway guns would largely disappear from use following the end of the war. World war i was the golden age of the railway gun even though at the start of the conflict none of the armies possessed any railway artillery pieces and the very idea was comparatively new more railway guns were used during this war than in any other conflict. After the war the major armies kept railway guns in service many of which were pressed back into action for world war ii although the number of railway guns employed from 1939 to 1945 nowhere approached the quantity fielded in world war i report osprey new vanguard 249 railway guns of world war i your name
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