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” La Reine de Nos Offensives ” is the French style for the giant French gun seen in the background of the illustration-a French 40-centimetre, or x6-inch gun. The ” Queen’s suite ” is the picturesque description for the double line of vehicles which form the “train ” of the piece. The double row of motor-vehic!es are shown parked at either side of the avenue where the firing position has been selected–at the far end of which the gun itse’f can be seen in action. Together with the gun, the vehicles form a complete and self-contained artillery unit. The great piecc of ordnance and its ponderous mountings are transported from
one firing position to another in sections on the motor-lorries (to the left in the foregroundl. The gunners travel, and are housed in, covered motor-vans accompanying their weapon. Ammunition and reserve store and gear vans are seen drawn up in line on the right-hand side of the illustration. The enormous gun has a calibre practically the same as the huge German, or Austrian, howitzers, the performances of which in the earlier months of the war so attracted public attention ; but its effective range is more than twice as long upwards of twenty miles, and its shell trajectory, or flight-line, is comparatively ” flit.”