French 75 Cannon (10/12)

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The French 75 Cannon was adopted by the French army in 1897, just before the turn of the century. It was a 75mm artillery cannon that was designed to be a lighter artillery piece that could fire fifteen rounds per minute, which made it one of the fastest firing artillery guns of the time and is still impressive to this day. The biggest downside to the cannon was the immense recoil, which caused it to be rocked back out of place often, and French soldiers would constantly have to wheel it back into position. This weakness was quite evident in the Western Front of World War I, and it was later phased out.


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