Skip to comments.Paris Gun: The Longest Range Artillery Weapon Ever
Posted on 02/03/2021 8:11:17 AM PST by Onthebrink
In actuality, the shells were fired from 75 miles away from what has become known as the “Paris Gun” or “Emperor William Gun.” It had the longest range of any artillery weapon in history, but unlike the modern American platform that even on its first shot was within 300 feet of the intended target, the massive German weapon was only really useful against city-sized targets. As such it was more of a psychological weapon, but it did little to cause fear in Paris when it was employed.
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I wonder what the cost per shell was in modern dollars.
Well, it seems like back then you could get 360 shells for 250 Francs.
The gun barrel became contorted after just a few firings. If it had not and a barrage of five to six shells per day continued, Paris would have been evacuated and a negotiated peace would have ensued.
Blog pimp noob. I’m surprised Humblegunner isn’t after you daily.
You joined in November and only post items from that site. Coincidence? Nope.
Since this type of long range artillery was inconceivable at the time, when the shells started exploding, Parisians feared the German Army was in fact taking the city.
Oooooh, twisted humor. I like you.
Gerald Bull? Project Babylon?
Well, if you limit criteria to Militarily Deployed Artillery, maybe so, but it was nowhere near the various slightly sub orbital artillery that Gerald Bull developed and successfully fired.
As I recall, they required using gradually increasing projectile sizes to accommodate wear on the barrel.
Of course, the big mystery is what happened to the guns.
I would think the sonic blast would be rather life-threatening, if right next to it.
Put it on a tank and we’re all set.
LOL! You'll pay for that.
In other words, about average for '19FortyFive'.
Giving 'Am Shooting Journal' a run for its (clickbait) money.
While the poster might be a “blog pimp noob”, that is a cool site with interesting articles. And you don’t have to clink on the link and read them if you don’t want to!
They don’t believe it was a terror weapon? Sounds like the author may have never had artillery fired at him.
"Had artillery fired at him" is just another way of saying "danger close," or "short round." All of which, are synonyms for "not fun."
Melted down and repurposed as Hit- uh, yeah that’s it Volkswagens, exported to the US in the 50s.
Yup. I seriously doubt the pimp has contributed a dime to FR.
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