War Is Boring
History says so.
These Are the Biggest 'Guns' To Ever Fire a Shot
In 1453, after his artillery corps reduced the thousand-year-old walls of Constantinople to rubble, Sultan Mehmet II claimed the city for the Ottoman Empire. Europe named the metal tubes that fired projectiles “gunnildes,” which became “guns.”
As a quintessential high-end machined product, the large gun reached its pinnacle during the Industrial Age.
(This article by David Axe originally appeared at War is Boring in 2013.)
The Kaiser’s World War I “Paris Gun” captured the imagination with its sheer scale; its quarter-ton rounds pierced the stratosphere when lobbed 75 miles downrange into the Paris arrondissements.