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Proof That the Gigantic German 42-Cm. Howitzer Does Exist

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: ++ : + – w X . .. l + ,+ ,S 777 rr~* `:4- ‘ – cam , V – – . ++ +. i. ‘+ + -+ – i § A SHELL FROM AN ENEMY 42-CM. GUN ; FLANKED BY A FRENCH 75-MM SHELL AND A GERMAN 77-MM. SHELL : A 2107.6 PROJECTILE WHICH FELL ON ONE OF THE ADVANCED DEFENCES OF VERDUN, BUT DID NOT EXPLODE. ….. p++ +- i··::i + + …’+ +” +++ 1 -Itr :”f i~s++ ++ I+ . . – . . . . . I;:+ +_++ ++ . . 4. SELLFROMAN NEM 42-m. UN; LANED Y A RENH 7-ramSHEL AN A ERMN ?7ramSHEL: A+10″6 POJETIL WHCHFLLO OEOFTE DVNEDDFECS FVEDUBU IDNT XLOE

The great enemy shell shown in the photograph is of peculiar interest for two reasons. For one thing, it has established by ocular proof the existence of the giant German siege-howitzers, an existence which some have questioned. For another, it has yielded the first opportunity to note actual measurements and details of the size, weight, and capacity of the 42-cm. (16i-inch) howitzer – projectiles. The tremendous shell is set up for purposes of comparison side by side with, on the left, a French 75-mm. field-gun

shell, and, on the right, a German 77-mm. field-gun shell, which are each as nearly as possible 3 inches in diameter. The big shell fell in soft ground near one of the outer forts at Verdun. It did not explode ; whereupon it was dug up, the charge was extracted, and measurements were made. The projectile was discharged from a firing-point distant 71 miles from the Verdun fort, is 1t metres (practically 5 feet) from tip to base, and weighed, charged, 956 kilogrammes, or 2roT6 lb., i.e. only 133 lb. short of a ton.

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Issue 3962. - Vol CXLVI

Mar, 27 1915

Illustrated London News