Photographer's Note

Heavy rail-road transporter for a gun TM-3-12 (weight 340 tons, fire distance 44 rilometers, year of the make 1935). Stands as a jewel of the collection of Railroad Technique Museum in St-Petersburg.
Its gun was taken from drowned during the WWI battleship "Empress Maria", and after Winter War with Finland in 1940 transporter was moved to the naval base Hanko (on Finland territory), which was taken by Russia in arenda.
But during WWII Finnish troops stormed Hanko, and gun was blasted by Russian garrison before the evacuation. So Finns used the similar gun, France sell it to them in 1941, and repaired the transporter.
And finally in 1945 after the end of the WW II Russia get this baby back and it was on duty till 1991.
So this thing have a long history.
Scanned photo; man near gun stands to show the size of it.

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