17 June 2008
[BALLISTICS]. Une merveille du génie français. Notre 75 par un Artilleur. Paris: Librarie Aristide Quillet, 1915.
4o (293 x 240 mm). Chromolithographed depiction of the Notre 75 with overlays, mounted on card, black and white photographic reproductions in text. (A few chips to sheet edges in preliminaries.) Original decorated cloth (a bit worn, joints cracked).
A fine celebration of the French 75mm artillery piece, one of the most important artillery developments in the 20th century. Model of 1897, the "75" featured a revolutionary recoil system and was used by both French and American forces in the First World War. Harry S. Truman commanded a battery of them. Included are illustrations of the gun being set up and fired, and a full-color frontispiece which features colored overslips on tabs to see the workings of the gun.
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