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How Germans Turned Trains Into Massive Artillery in WWII

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Railway guns like the German WWII K5 gun had a very narrow aim. To get around that problem, Germans developed a circular track, allowing the gun to rotate and fire in 360 degrees.

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Throughout the 1930s, Germany touted the technological superiority of its high-speed trains, and during World War II, the German railway would leave a lasting mark on history. See how the German locomotive industry was used to create a fully functioning fuhrer headquarters on wheels and a deadly mobile cannon. We also reveal the Nazi railway's most shameful role in the Holocaust, and how an entire railway network, involving thousands of people, was used to carry out mass murder.

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