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French for 75. Nickname given to the M 1897 75 mm cannon, introduced in 1897 as the standard gun used by the French field artillery. The weapon combined several technical innovations, the most significant of which was the long barrel-recoil system. The energy of the recoil was no longer transmitted directly to the gun’s carriage; instead, the barrel slid on a cradle, which checked its backward motion by means of an integral braking device. At the end of the recoil stage the barrel…

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Storz, Dieter, “Soixante-Quinze”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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