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75mm Field Gun that fired first US rounds WWI

Once again turning to the best artillery experts out there to resolve a dispute...

West Point's museum has a 75mm Field Gun painted in a camouflage pattern that they claim is the one from C Battery, 6th FA that fired the first US rounds in WWI.

On the internet, there are photos (from US Archives and from old US Army Ordnance Museum) of a different gun painted gray named Bridget that also is reputed to be the C Battery, 6th FA gun that fired the first round.

Anyone know the truth?


Is Bridget still at Aberdeen Proving Ground; or did it go to Fort Lee when the Ordnance Museum closed and moved there?




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A rather late response, but I just noticed this post. West Point has the 75mm that is widely attributed to have been the first to fire a shot by the AEF in WWI. The B&W shot is from the WWI Signal Corps collection; the color photo is from the USMA/WeBridget 1.jpgBridget 2.jpgBridget 3.jpgst Point when I was last there (1988). Bridget was at APG until about a decade ago when the collection was broken up and transferred. Maybe at Ft Sill now? I don't know why the idea emerged that it fired the first AEF shot of WWI.



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