What does an 800mm shell look like?

800mm shell


You know those things we mount on minny battleships (the autocannons not the bigger arties) well this is what an 800mm shell looks like next to (I think) a Soviet T34 which was a medium tank slightly smaller than a modern MBT. It was developed by the Germans in WW2 and fired from an enormous artillery piece mounted on a specially designed railway carriage.

I stumbled across this today and thought I’d post it up, for reference British tanks (I’m a retired cavalry officer) use calibres from a 30mm rifled cannon to a 120mm smoothbore gun and that T34 in the photo from memory has a main armament around 70-80mm.

Who the hell loads these things into my ship?


14 thoughts on “What does an 800mm shell look like?

  1. Jethro says:

    Ever heard of perspective?
    The shell is much closer to the camera than the background tank, this makes the shell look enormous – over half the size of the tank
    In fact the shell is 800mm wide while the tank is 3000mm (3m) wide, so roughly quarter the tank.
    The perspective doubles the dimensions of shell compared to tank, considering the perceived “size” is mostly felt as the visible area the perspective in the picture makes it look 4 times as large as it really is.
    It’s still huge though, just not as huge as it looks here.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If that’s the case, projectile ammo volume of 0.025m^3 needs to be fixed!

  3. orillion says:

    The pictured T-34-85 has an 85mm main gun.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is how you load it.

  5. Jester says:

    Heh, Yup, legit. If you watch Clear Skies 3 frame-by-frame when JR fires the 1400mm shell through the Proteus, it looks like a damned car going through.

  6. Anonymous says:

    MInmatar are used to slave labor.

  7. stabs says:

    Who the hell loads these things into my ship?


  8. Anonymous says:

    EVE lore holds that there are civilians on each ship:

    “So ships have crews, and some concessions need to be made to their comfort and well-being onboard their respective vessels. Those crews are thankfully not lost when the ships are – well, not all of them, at least – and thus can build up the experience needed to run the various internal systems that are either unreachable by or beyond the interest of capsuleers to focus on.”


  9. Sarcos says:

    Will pay devs for a in-game cannon that can shoot the corpses I collect. Maybe not do damage but gunk up the sensors of the other ship šŸ˜ƒ

  10. Mr Navy says:

    By way of comparison, the Iowa class battleships ( Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, New Jersey ) feature 406mm main batteries.

    Of course the most recent refits add cruise missiles; the US Navy apparently knows little about fitting ships, and mixes its weapon types.

  11. orillion says:

    Well sure, but the US Navy has decomissioned all of its battleships. We’ve primarily switched to a drone doctrine anyway, though.

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