Battle of the Marne - The French Guns

The famous French 75 millimeter guns at the Marne

These guns, by many military experts, proved to be superior to any other field artillery. The initial velocity and accuracy were greater than the German guns and their lightness made them more mobile in action.
The original caption with this (American made) picture reads: A battery has about the same effect on an advancing line as a mowing-machine on a harvest field.

Later, in 1917 and 1918, the American Field Artillery used the same kind of guns. That's why American soldiers on leave in Paris created a drink called French 75.

Harry's Bar in Paris became famous for this drink. This was the recipe:

1 oz. Brandy or Cognac
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Some Champagne
Shake the cognac with ice, sugar and lemon juice. Pour into a large cocktail glass and top it with Champagne. French 75 was sometimes also served over ice in a white wine glass.

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