Railway Artillery in Italy

Today’s post is dedicated to a somehow forgotten side of the Great War in Italy: Naval artillery on… railways. Indeed, Italy had to face the problem of the defence of its Adriatic coast, which was an easy target for Austro-Hungarian fleet. It was impossible to build fortresses from Venice to Apulia, nor to use boats to control the shores. As the railway was (and still is) very close to the shores and the beaches, Italian Comando Supremo decided to use special trains equipped with guns and managed by sailors. These trains were able to be used in a very quick turnaround where their support was needed.



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