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- A Place & Date Depicted Shepparton, Australia
Negative - Amiens Gun, Canberra, circa 1930 Reg. No: MM 6490
- Description Of Content:
- German Krupp SK L/40 28cm railway gun known as the Amiens Gun at Canberra railway siding. Captured by the 31st Battalion AIF on 8 August 1918 during the final great Allied offensive on the Western Front. The gun had first been spotted from the air by Capt John Duigan and his observer Lt Alec Paterson MM on 21 April 1918 when it was used to shell Amiens. The gun was shipped to Australia for the Australian War Memorial as a war prize and was parked at Canberra railway station for most of the interwar years. The mounting was taken to Port Wakefield, SA during World War II for use in testing naval guns but was not returned to Canberra and was later scrapped. The barrel and roof survive at the Memorial.
- Acquisition Information:
- Copied from Mrs Sandie Smithers, 1988
- The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
|Tagged with:||artillery, rail transport, railways|
|Themes this item is part of:||Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection|
|Primary Classification:||ARMS & ARMOUR|
|Model Name/Number:||Krupp; 28cm|
|Format:||Negative: Black & White; 35 mm|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, circa 1930|