Have trains ever been used offensively in war?

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  • Well they tried, but they found it quite difficult to get the enemy to gather and remain on the tracks for some reason.

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  • The Nazis also pulled trains on the young polish and Jewish girls and wives. To break the spirit and will of their people.

    Different type of train I guess!

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  • Yes, many times. But I cannot remember the details at the moment.

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    • the nazis had a rail mounted battleship sized artillery piece but like most german things it was overcomplicated & impractical

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      • I could argue with you a bit on that one... Yes it was massive and difficult to move, but it did serve it's purpose. It was used in France and in Russia, where in Sevastopol - it famously destroyed a munitions depot 30 meters underground! That's some incredible firepower - even for today's standards.

        The largest artillery weapon ever made.

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        • fired less than 50 times by the crew of 500 and wore out the barrel that weighed about a modern locomotive

          also needed the train track to be pointed in the correct orientation cause it could elevate but not rotate

          and i could mention the capabilities of a modern bunker buster bomb or cruise missile (the proverbial ls swap of artillery)

          but yeah id agree it was a complete fucktona steel gigantinormous gun no question but id still argue impractical for its time and ridiculous for ours

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      • Not like a naval cannon as its styled after an artillary peice rather than a nautical cannon.

        A artillary peice that launches 5 ton, 12 foot long shells that could go 30 miles.

        Fun fact to go along with the manufactures tradition of the first ones free. The first Gustav gun was free. But 2 more were bought afterwards. Disicembled because they didnt want to allies to get ahold of it.

        Completely impractical now a days as anything larger than an artillary shell can just be launched via a missile.

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