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Negative - Amiens Gun, Canberra, circa 1930 Image 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
Acknowledgement:
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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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
Secondary Classification: Artillery
Tertiary Classification: transport
Model Name/Number: Krupp; 28cm
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, circa 1930

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