ARMY 14" RAILWAY GUN at PHILA PA NAMED "WILSON SEPT. ONE OF THREE BUILT FOR THE U. NEAR THE GUNS BARREL TIP YOU CAN SEE THE WW1 PRESIDENTS NAME SPELLED OUT IN WHITE PAINT : WILSON. PERIOD ID'd ON THE OBVERSE IN FOUNTAIN PEN. 16" (actually 14") guns enroute the front Saumur France Sept - 1918.
PERIOD ID'd ON THE REVERSE IN PENCIL. A few of these helped win the war. Send this one home to the folks will you since I can't get any more Ivan. SOME OF THE BOTTOM AND LEFT MARGIN IS CHIPPED OFF (not affecting the subject). SHARP FOCUSED WITH VERY GOOD CONTRAST ON MEDIUM WEIGHT PHOTO PAPER.
LOTS OF INTERESTING DETAILS CAN BE SEEN IN THIS CLOSE UP IMAGE. DIMENSIONS: 4 7/8" x 6 13/16". THIS IS NOT A COPY OR A REPRODUCTION. The 14 inch railway guns were the only big US guns to see action during WW1. Taking spare US Navy 14in naval guns, the 14?/50 caliber Mk 4 gun, which had been mounted in the New Mexico and Tennessee-class battleships, and mounting them in a carriage built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia PA. They had a firing range of 25 miles. Five Mk1 guns made it to France operating as single gun batteries manned by US Navy Sailors. The guns fired a total of 782 shells during the war, with Battery 4 firing its last shell at 10:57:30 a. The US Army ordered three units identical to the Navy Mark I mountings in May 1918 and another three in July 1918, also from Baldwin Locomotive Works in.
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