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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2018 12:00 p.m. PST

"Like all the great powers, France had ended the Great War with a large and powerful artillery, but a mixture of political turmoil, economic depression and a genuine desire to have no more wars meant that by the time war broke out again in 1939 much of her artillery was more or less as it had been twenty years earlier. There had been new guns, but the majority of the artillery was unchanged, or had merely been given metal wheels and tyres to allow motorised transport. Although by now quite out-dated, France continued to rely heavily on the old Canon de 75 modèle 1897, since surpassed by guns of other countries. In the end however it could not stop the German invasion of 1940 and subsequent defeat of France…"

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