Anzio Annie comes to Fort Lee
Photo Credit: Mr. Keith Desbois (TRADOC)
FORT LEE, Va. - With only inches to spare on either side of the cradle, workers gently set the barrel of Anzio Annie, one of two German Krupp K5 heavy railway guns brought to the United States during World War II, onto her chaises. Testing of the K5s by the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps lead to the development of new artillery pieces like the Atomic Cannon, a truck mounted, 288mm gun designed to fire a nuclear shell up to 20 miles. Aside from the initial test, the gun was never fired in combat. Anzio Annie was on display at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. and was moved to Fort Lee as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.
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