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Short, comparatively light artillery pieces combining some of the characteristics of cannons and mortars, able to fire heavy shells with a high curving trajectory but with a longer range than typical of mortars. Their development began around the end of the 16th century and continues to the present.

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<artillery by form>

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12yrs ago

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