AEF France Engraved Trench Art Shell on French 75mm Shell Casing

AEF France Engraved Trench Art Shell on French 75mm Shell Casing

130.00

Measures: 14 inches 

Inscriptions: ‘AEF’…’France’ ‘1918-1919’


Fired from Canon de 75 modèle 1897

The French 75 was designed as an anti-personnel weapon system for delivering large volumes of time-fused shrapnel shells on enemy troops advancing in the open. After 1915 and the onset of trench warfare, other types of battlefield missions demanding impact-detonated high-explosive shells prevailed. By 1918 the 75s became the main agents of delivery for toxic gas shells. The 75s also became widely used as truck mounted anti-aircraft artillery. They were also the main armament of the Saint-Chamond tank in 1918.

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