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View from park to last Japanese command post.

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Posted by greywolf45 10/31/2004 5:14 PM | remove
  That must have ruined someone's day.
Posted by Slickis 10/31/2004 9:11 PM | remove
  Looks like attempted sabotage. Charge detonated in the end of the barrel to make it un-usable.
Posted by rainman8889 11/6/2004 6:42 AM | remove
  Attempted sabotage? I think the saboteur was successful.
Posted by rogerneon 11/8/2004 12:05 AM | remove
  Hmmm... the fact that some of it is bent outward, and some in makes me wonder if it was struck by a bomb or naval shell.
Posted by Slickis 11/8/2004 1:11 AM | remove
  It does appear to have been struck rather than what I said b4.
Posted by Slickis 11/8/2004 1:12 AM | remove
  Damn what a lucky shot!
Posted by rainman8889 12/30/2004 1:23 AM | remove
  Wouldn't there be a lot more damage? (i.e. Most if not all of the barrel blown off) Looks like someone jammed something in there prior to the gun being fired and the muzzle burst open into the flower pattern.
Posted by Ferret 1/12/2005 7:33 PM | remove
  If the barrel was clipped by an armour piercing round (for cracking the bumkers), it would have put up enough resistance to trigger the detonator. The bend in does look more like battle damage than sabotage or demolition.
Posted by TFW Willie 4/5/2005 11:23 PM | remove
  Yep that gun took a direct hit on the tube. Guns of that era were sabotaged by removing and dumping the breech blocks in the ocean. Not very romantic but very effective.
Posted by lopix 6/15/2005 6:37 PM | remove
Posted by IIVQ 1/12/2006 5:20 PM | remove
  What exactly is a breech block?
Posted by inventor 2/2/2006 2:09 AM | remove
  Seems most likely it was a strike rather than sabotage - the other gun in the background is intact. Great photos!
Posted by 'Dukes 6/11/2006 8:58 PM | remove
  Don't forget that you don't need to destroy the barrel for the gun to be useless; In Europe, many of the German heavy arty was disabled by using thermite to "weld" the traversing mechanism.
Posted by Caput_58 8/11/2006 4:24 AM | remove
  i was leaning toward sabotage, but the 2nd gun's barrel looks intact. Unless they sabotaged the 1st gun, then fell back and made a successful defense 10m back at the 2nd gun.....
Posted by rgra66 5/20/2007 7:18 PM | remove
  Posted by IIVQ 12/1/2006 14:20 | remove
What exactly is a breech block?

It closes the end of the barrel that you put the shell or mortar in.
Posted by rgra66 5/20/2007 7:20 PM | remove
  ha ha, without it you have a big straw.
Posted by nootz 9/22/2007 9:03 PM | remove
  If this was it by a shell from one of the ships, then the shell must have JUST knicked the tip of the barrel.
Posted by Max12 4/18/2008 5:55 PM | remove
Posted by XBEN 1/19/2009 8:04 AM | remove
  Une Berta amériaine?
Posted by canadianman000 12/14/2010 8:07 PM | remove
  If they were going to destroy the guns, they would have done it to both of them. The one in the back is in good condition. This one must have been knicked by a shell.
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