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ONSV5831

Original U.S. WWI French 75mm Field Gun Swords to Ploughshares Vicory 1918 Shell

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a World War One French 75mm Field Cannon shell clearly engraved:
VICTORY
Nov. 11. 1918
75 m/m Shell

The copper band that runs around the base of the shell is also engaged as follows:

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Swords to ploughshares (or Swords to plowshares) is a concept in which military weapons or technologies are converted for peaceful civilian applications.

The phrase originates from the Old Testament of the Bible in the Book of Isaiah:

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.—Isaiah 2:3–4

The ploughshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit humankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword, a similar sharp metal tool with an arguably opposite use.

French "Soisante-quinze" 75mm model 1897 field gun was the most universal weapon of the French artillery during World War I. Thousands were built and by the end of the war it had become the standard weapon of the United States Army. That prevalence in 1918-19 explains why its barely modified descendants still took part in World War II.
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