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Ammo for Your Cannon?

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Hidden : 9/13/2007
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Terrain:
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Lincoln Park............ Stealth may be necessary, quiet small neighborhood park.

This is a dry park, NO ALCOHOL! Cripes there are large weapons here!

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This cannon appears to be a
“Canon de 75 Modele 1894”.

Also known as the French 75 or Soixante Quinze. It was introduced, for the first time in field artillery history, an oleo-pneumatic recoil mechanism which permitted very high rates of fire while the gun's aim remained unaffected by the recoil. The forerunner of the French 75 was an experimental 57mm gun which was first tested in September 1891 at Bourges arsenal. It pulled together a comprehensive package of the most advanced artillery techniques available at the time: 1) Vieille's smokeless powder invented in 1884. 2) Self-contained ammunition : the powder charge was in a brass case which held the shell. 3) An early oleo-pneumatic short-recoil mechanism designed by Lt Baquet . 4) A rotating screw breech, soon to appear on the 75mm field gun , built under licence from Thorsten Nordenfelt . The 1894 model was the first functional model. The gun was adopted on March 28,1898 under the official name of " Materiel de 75mm Mle 1897. " The French 75 was a devastating anti-personnel weapon against waves of infantry attacking in the open, as at the Marne and Verdun. However its shells were comparatively light and lacked the power to obliterate trench works, concrete bunkers and deeply buried shelters. Thus,eventually, the French 75 batteries became routinely used to cut corridors, with high-explosive shells, across the belts of German barbed wire. Finally, after 1916, the 75 batteries became the carriers of choice to deliver toxic gas shells, including mustard gas and phosgene. The US Army having adopted the French 75 during WWI kept a large inventory of the gun and used it for training purposes. During the 1930's many of those were equipped with rubber tires. The information presented here was condensed from Wikipedia.
A short vintage video of this gun in action. http://www.firstworldwar.com/video/french75.htm

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