75mm French Field Gun entered service in French Army in 1898. It is often referred to as the first modern artillery piece. It was designed as an anti-personel weapon, meant to fire large volumes of shrapnel shells at the advancing enemy. During World War I it was used in many various roles: high-explosive ammo, anti-aircraft and even the delivery of toxic gas shells. 75mm Guns were also used on the French Saint-Chamond tank, built in 1918. During the WWI these guns were also used by the British and American troops. American designation of the gun was 75mm Gun M1897, its production in USA started in the spring 1918.