“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Black River Falls in Jackson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

1897 Model “French 75”

1897 Model "French 75" Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
1. 1897 Model "French 75" Marker
Inscription. Since its introduction in 1897, the "French 75" was first used in World War I by both the French and the United States. It was the U.S. Army's first modern artillery piece and is significant in the development of weaponry as the first gun fitted with a recoil mechanism.

Between the wars the wooden spoked wheels of the Model 97 were replaced with pneumatic tires to accommodate modern high speed warfare. During 1940 in World War II the "French 75" was used at the Maginot Line in the defense of France. Later, a large number of guns captured by the Germans were used to defend the French coast against the Allied invasion in 1944. There were only 17,000 of the "French 75" made including those manufactured under license in Mexico and the United States of America.

The majority of troopers in Company C, 107th Ammunition Train, 32nd Infantry Division, during World War I were Jackson County soldiers. Notations made in diaries kept by Corporals Eilert Hagen and Sigurd Hanson of the Unit indicated a number of nights when the "boys were out hauling 75's."
Location. 44° 17.321′ N, 90° 51.878′ W. Marker is in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from County Highway R south of Melrose Street (State Highway 54), on the right
1897 Model "French 75" and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
2. 1897 Model "French 75" and Marker
when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in the Jackson County Veterans Park. Marker is in this post office area: Black River Falls WI 54615, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War II Honor Roll / World War I · Korean · Vietnam Honor Roll (a few steps from this marker); Jackson County Veterans Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Arnold Jacobson Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pfaffsprairie Farm (approx. 0.9 miles away); Moe Hardware (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hoffman Construction Company (approx. one mile away); Lunda Construction Co. (approx. one mile away); Field of Honor (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Black River Falls.
Also see . . .  Canon de 75 modèle 1897. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 14, 2015.) 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWar, World IWar, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 61 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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