Re: Crappy six pounder True, 17th. But of course, a rubber band shooting a spitwad had almost as much penetration as a Sherman's 75mm as well. Polish reserves most of his irrational prejudice for anything German, 17th. I call it "Germanophobia." He doesn't even like Porches! All kidding aside, it was indeed the French who developed the 75mm, fast firing artillery during the First World War. For its time it was a fundamental improvement due mostly to the extremely fast rate of fire it could produce. It is perhaps relevant to note as well, however, that the gun was designed mostly to be used against unarmored troops. It was virtually worthless against fortifications.