Other K5 Railway guns

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Other K5 Railway guns

Joined: February 11th, 2005, 5:49 pm

August 22nd, 2012, 3:53 pm #1

While the 2 most "famous" K5's were the ones in Italy, where were the other guns when captured?
I had thought at least one or two would have been in the Pas de Calais area.

every time I try to find any information on these gusn it seems to circle around to the Anzio Annies.

Thanks
Mike
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Joined: October 21st, 2007, 7:19 pm

August 22nd, 2012, 5:26 pm #2

Try this link to a photo of it.
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Joined: October 21st, 2007, 7:19 pm

August 22nd, 2012, 5:29 pm #3

While the 2 most "famous" K5's were the ones in Italy, where were the other guns when captured?
I had thought at least one or two would have been in the Pas de Calais area.

every time I try to find any information on these gusn it seems to circle around to the Anzio Annies.

Thanks
Mike
Ok the link didn't work, here's the photo
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Last edited by Dave Coyne on August 22nd, 2012, 5:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: May 1st, 2005, 8:47 pm

August 22nd, 2012, 8:31 pm #4

Maybe half an hour out of Calais just off the coast road to Boulogne. The bunker housed the guns at Cap Blanc Nez.

Chris
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Joined: March 5th, 2009, 8:53 pm

August 23rd, 2012, 7:30 am #5

While the 2 most "famous" K5's were the ones in Italy, where were the other guns when captured?
I had thought at least one or two would have been in the Pas de Calais area.

every time I try to find any information on these gusn it seems to circle around to the Anzio Annies.

Thanks
Mike
Hi,
Some railway guns from France ended up in the village of Sluiskil in the Netherlands in September 1944. This was the end of the line (literally) after the retreat from France since these guns could not be ferried across the Scheldt. A nice site devoted to these guns:

http://www.k5e.nl/k-5-e/spoorweggeschut/k5e/

Arjan
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Joined: May 23rd, 2008, 4:25 pm

August 23rd, 2012, 9:43 am #6

Maybe half an hour out of Calais just off the coast road to Boulogne. The bunker housed the guns at Cap Blanc Nez.

Chris
Rail Gun near Calais deteriorating quite a lot, but worth seeing. NT
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Joined: February 11th, 2005, 5:49 pm

August 23rd, 2012, 4:30 pm #7

Hi,
Some railway guns from France ended up in the village of Sluiskil in the Netherlands in September 1944. This was the end of the line (literally) after the retreat from France since these guns could not be ferried across the Scheldt. A nice site devoted to these guns:

http://www.k5e.nl/k-5-e/spoorweggeschut/k5e/

Arjan
Perfect set of photos
At least 3 K5's captured more or less intact.
Great pictures of troops and civilians climbing about on these monsters.

Thanks again
Mike
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Joined: March 5th, 2009, 8:53 pm

August 23rd, 2012, 8:17 pm #8

Hi Mike,
Here are some better pics of the K5's at Sluiskil (source: Beeldbank Zeeuwse Bibliotheek):

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Regards,

Arjan
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Joined: November 14th, 2006, 1:46 am

August 23rd, 2012, 10:24 pm #9

While the 2 most "famous" K5's were the ones in Italy, where were the other guns when captured?
I had thought at least one or two would have been in the Pas de Calais area.

every time I try to find any information on these gusn it seems to circle around to the Anzio Annies.

Thanks
Mike
There is an article in I believe in one issue of ATB. I believe it says several were captured during the German retreat in the west in 1944. I think it also mentions the Russians capturing at least one. I have read that a number of German rail guns which may have included at least one K5 were used in the fighting on the Oder river in 1945. They were destroyed by Soviet air attacks or captured in the final days of the war. I am not sure of any of the above since it has been a long time that I have read anything about them. I hope this is of some help.
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