Railway battery Sailors grease the slide of a 14" gun during assembly in St. Nazaire, France, 1 August 1918.
An assembled 14" gun leaves St. Nazaire, France for the front, August 1918. Each battery was composed of a self-sufficient train complete with workshops and ammunition, fire control/communication, and sleeping cars.
A battery's 14" shells, which had to be moved with a chain hoist, on a flatcar during operations at Thierville/Meuse, France, 29 October 1918. The batteries' personnel made every attempt to retain U.S. Navy clothing; in this case, however, army-issue denim fatigues and trench helmets are being worn.
Lieutenant R. Savin, U.S. Navy Railway Batteries, Thierville/Meuse, France, October 1918. Savin is wearing the U.S. Navy forest green uniform normally worn by naval aviators.
Inspection of battery equipment at St Nazaire, France, by Rear Admiral Charles P. Plunkett (U.S. Navy Railway Artillery commander) and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt, August 1918.
A 14" railway gun in action, Thierville/Meuse, France, autumn 1918.
Post-war display of a 14" naval railway gun on the seafront at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, circa 1920.
Period Navy recruiting poster spotlighting the Naval Railway Batteries.
Surviving 14-inch/50-caliber naval rifle on railway carriage on display in Willard Park, Washington Navy Yard. This gun was employed by the Naval Railway Batteries deployed to France during World War I (Arevalo/NHHC COD).