Military-Grade Awesome

All Wound Up For Failure

The time between the American Civil War and WWI was quite a heyday for weapons. The lessons of the Industrial Revolution were being applied to weaponry, and the dozens of little (and some big) skirmishes let the world’s superpowers try out their latest systems and processes in real life. Which is good, because they didn’t have CFD.

The photo above was sent to me by The Professor. It appears to be a 6″ Vickers Mk 11 cannon. This is a wire-wound cannon where a tube with the rifling (something new for cannon in the late-1800s) and breech were contained was wrapped by series of flat metal wire for strength. It was stronger than cast barrels and would allow for larger caliber weapons. However, it wasn’t all that strong and if the pressures inside the barrel got too high, the cannon would burst. Other issues with wire-wound cannon is that the barrel tends to be overly flexible, which will cause it to droop when not firing, and during firing it will flex all over the place. Not good for accuracy.

Soon after the wire-wound cannon was introduced, the “built up” cannon made its introduction. These cannon used a series of tubes within tubes to create a barrel that was very strong and didn’t suffer from the whip effects of the wire-wound cannon.

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  • tiberiusẅisë

    Pfizer has another solution (Quarter for scale)

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  • fodder650

    The manual states "When the Germans are close place the base of your cannon in the sound. If you can't see them they can't see you"