Although from the mid-19th century people started considering imparting mobility to large caliber artillery pieces by placing them on special railway mountings, it was WWI that gave the impetus to making the railway gun an important part of many European armories. The advantages of railway guns were to quickly concentrate and disperse, and by rapid changes of position they could deliver long range harassing fire and remain undetected. By 1918 the railway gun was in use by nearly all the major combatants. The German Leopold Gun was the largest weapon, which lobbed shells at American troops at Anzio Beach. The Leopold was supported by 24 railcar wheels and was mounted on railroad tracks which led in and out of mountain tunnels. When not firing, the gun was rolled back into the tunnels out of sight of Allied reconnaissance.
Please see the paint guides below for Trumpeter’s suggested colors.
- Painting and assembly required
- Metal rail chain
- Photo-etched parts
- 26 sprues, 4-pc hull assembly plate, 2 truck upper decks and 18 railway sections
1. Anzio Annie, displayed at Aberdeen USA, Italy, 1944:
2. Eisb. Batt. 710, Calais/France, 1941: