On March 21, 1918, Germany began shelling the French capital from 75 miles away with a brand new long-range cannon. Variously named the Pariser Kanone or Kaiser Wilhelm Geschütz, it fired the first man-made projectiles to reach the stratosphere; the rotation of the Earth during the three minutes the shells were airborne had to be taken into account in calculating their trajectory.
21 shells landed on Paris on the first day. Since the gun was out of earshot, Parisians at first thought they were being bombed by unseen high-altitude planes or zeppelins. But it didn't take long for the French military to determine that the shells were being fired from somewhere in German-occupied northern France.
|"Die Märchenkanone" by J. Bahr in Kladderadatsch, Berlin, April 14, 1918|
|"In Pariser Kellern" by Karl Arnold in Simplicissimus, Munich, April 23, 1918|
|"Neue Entene-Rüstungen" by Richter in Kladderadatsch, Berlin, April 21, 1918|
|"Jeanne d'Arc" by Wilhelm Schulz in Simplicissimus, Munich, April 30, 1918|
|"Die Bescheissung von Paris" by Ragnvald Blix in Simplicissimus, April 16, 1918|
|"Kolossal Kanon" by Léo Lechevallier in Le Rire, Paris, April 20, 1918|
|"Le Kanon d'Hérode" by Jean-Louis Cureau in Le Rire, Paris, April 20, 1918|
|"The Long Range Hunter" by Bob Satterfield in Cleveland News, ca. April 20, 1918|
|"The Kaiser's Barometer" by Bob Satterfield, in Cleveland News, ca. April 15, 1918|
|"Paying Too Much for His Whistle" by Jay N. "Ding" Darling, ca. April 15, 1918|
|"Haig's Report" by Bob Satterfield in Cleveland News, ca. April 19, 1918|
|Excerpt from The Rectangle by Frank O. King in Chicago Tribune, April 7, 1918|