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Encyclopedia > Little David
Little David at the Aberdeen proving ground
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Little David at the Aberdeen proving ground

Little David was the nickname of an American 36 inch (914 mm) caliber mortar used for test firing bombs during World War II. Towards the end of the war it was modified to serve as a siege mortar, as it was expected that the US forces would encounter extremely strong fortifications during the invasion of Japan. Because Japan surrendered, the invasion was unnecessary and Little David was never used in combat. Little David is still the artillery piece with the largest caliber in history, beating even the German supergun Schwerer Gustav (800 mm). The mortar was to be transported by two artillery tractors, making it more mobile than a railway gun. Its potential effectiveness was doubtful because of its limited range and accuracy. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (640x638, 52 KB)This image is of a 36 inch mortar in use by the USA during World War II for test firing bombs. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (640x638, 52 KB)This image is of a 36 inch mortar in use by the USA during World War II for test firing bombs. ... The word calibre (British English) or caliber (American English) designates the interior diameter of a tube or the exterior diameter of a wire or rod, also common for handguns. ... US soldier loading a M224 60-mm mortar. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... Table of Fortification, from the 1728 Cyclopaedia. ... A supergun is a extraordinarily large cannon with an extremely high muzzle velocity and large bore. ... Preparing to fire the gun Schwerer Gustav and Dora were the names under which the German 80 cm K (E) railway guns were known. ... Komsomolets tractor Artillery tractor is a kind of tractor, a vehicle used to tow artillery pieces of varying weights. ...


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