Posted 7 years ago
The US adopted the French M1897 75mm Artillery gun during WWI , this brass M1907 artillery fuze is dated 1913 and has been fired [inert]
M1907 Powder Train Time Fuze which was designed to function at a predetermined time. The rings were rotated to the time desired and on firing the flame would shoot down a flash hole on the fuze igniting the powder inside.
The French 75mm Model 1897 was capable of firing up to 24 rounds per minute.
The First World War caught the US Artillery unprepared. Our 3 Inch M1902 and M1905 were in no way the equal of the modern German and French Artillery. We quickly adopted the “French 75” and the “Schneider mle/1915”.