Railway Artillery: A Report on the Characteristics, Scope of Utility, Etc., of Railway Artillery, in Two Vols. ...

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1921 - Artillery
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Page 731 - During the battle we had commenced bombarding Paris from near Laon with a gun having a range of 75 miles. This gun was a marvelous product of technical skill and science, a masterpiece of the firm of Krupp and its director, Rausenberger. The bombardment made a great impression on Paris and on all France. Part of the population left the capital, and so increased the alarm caused by our successes.
Page 10 - Kemper's battery and emmes's brigade on his right. Taking my position on the railroad bridge, which commanded a good view of the fight and of the enemy's line of battle, I directed the railroad battery, commanded most efficiently by Lieutenant Barry, to advance to the front so as to clear, in some degree, the deep cut over which the bridge was thrown, and to open his fire upon the enemy's masses below, which was done with terrible effect.
Page 9 - Chief of Ordnance Dept. COLONEL: Is there a possibility of constructing an iron-plated battery, mounting a heavy gun on trucks, the whole covered with iron, to move along the York River Railroad ? Please see what can be done. See the Navy Department and officers. If a proper one can be got up at once, it will be of immense advantage to us.
Page 11 - ... rifle gun, mounted on a rail car, and protected from cannon shot by a sloping roof in front, covered with plates of iron, (through which a port-hole had been pierced,) and from rifle shot on the sides by thick walls of wood, lined with iron. His battery moved down the road keeping pace with the advance of the troops, and by his fire annoying the enemy whenever the range would allow, His enthusiasm at the decided success of the experiment, and in pushing through obstructions, deserves all praise....
Page 707 - Curves eight degrees and under should be standard gauge. Gauge should be widened J4 inch for each two degrees or fraction thereof over eight degrees, to a maximum of 4 feet gJ4 inches for tracks of standard gauge.
Page 52 - ... buffers and return to battery is obtained either by gravity, through the use of inclined rails, upon which the recoil takes place, or by springs or other methods. It is seen that this type is not provided with traverse. c. Sliding recoil. In sliding recoil mounts, the gun, car body, and trucks all recoil together, the car body sliding on a special set of girders incorporated in the track. The car body is provided with wooden cross-beams or "sleepers...
Page 39 - Recoil. b. Car traverse. The distinctive feature of the car traversing type is the provision made for traversing the entire car body. The gun is supported in the car body, either directly on rigid trunnions, or through a cradle or top carriage without traverse; it can be moved in azimuth only to the extent that it is possible to traverse the car body. As a rule, this traverse is obtained by a slight movement of the car body on the trucks, giving a few degrees on each side of the center line. Certain...
Page 9 - Gorgas on the subject this morning and asked him to get yon and Brooke to aid me. Till something better could be accomplished I proposed a Dahlgren or columbiad, on a ship's carriage, on a railroad flat, with one of your navy iron aprons adjusted to it to protect gun and men. If I could get it in position by daylight to-morrow I could astonish our neighbors.
Page 742 - ... of 55 deg. This 55 deg. is worthy of comment, inasmuch as it has ordinarily been supposed that nothing could be gained in range by elevating a gun above 45 deg. It is known, of course, that if a projectile is fired in a vacuum its maximum range is attained when it starts at an elevation of 45 deg. When fired in the air, however, the initial angle which permits it to attain its maximum range depends both on the caliber and weight of the projectile and the velocity at which it leaves the gun. With...
Page 819 - Eaton, Edward Bailey. Original photographs taken on the battlefields during the civil war of the United States, by Matthew B.

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