Verdun Iron Cross German Trench Art Shell on French 75mm Shell Casing

Verdun Iron Cross German Trench Art Shell on French 75mm Shell Casing

129.00

Measures: 11 inches 

Inscriptions: ‘Verdun’ ‘1914-1919’

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.

Battle of Verdun: 

Battle of Verdun, (February 21–December 18, 1916), World War I engagement in which the French repulsed a major German offensive. It was one of the longest, bloodiest, and most-ferocious battles of the war; French casualties amounted to about 400,000, German ones to about 350,000. Some 300,000 were killed. On February 21, 1916, more than 1,220 guns around an eight-mile perimeter opened fire.

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