Cannon FAQs:

Q: Is a cannon derived from several languages?

A: Yes, and in which the original definition can usually be translated as tube, cane, or reed.

Q: Is a cannon muzzle-loading as opposed to breech-loading— in order to be used they had to have their ordnance packed down the bore through the muzzle rather than inserted through the breech?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cannon also used for autocannon?

A: Yes, and a modern repeating weapon firing explosive projectiles.

Q: Is a cannon crucial in Napoleon Bonaparte's rise to power?

A: Yes, and continued to play an important role in his army in later years.

Q: Are cannons more common in North America and Australia?

A: Yes, while cannon as plural is more common in the United Kingdom.

Q: Is a cannon painted black at the "muzzle"?

A: Yes, and positioned behind fortifications to delay Union attacks on those positions.

Q: Is a cannon developed during World War I as anti-aircraft guns?

A: Yes, and one of these - the Coventry Ordnance Works "COW 37 mm gun" was installed in an aircraft but the war ended before it could be given a field trial and never became standard equipment in a production aircraft.

Q: Is a cannon fired by an electric current triggered by the conductor?

A: Yes.

Q: Are cannons often found in aircraft?

A: Yes, where they replaced machine guns and as shipboard anti-aircraft weapons, as they provide greater destructive power than machine guns.

Q: Is a cannon also used at the Siege of Calais?

A: Yes, and in the same year, although it was not until the 1380s that the "ribaudekin" clearly became mounted on wheels.

Q: Is a cannon derived from the Old Italian word cannone, meaning "large tube", which came from Latin canna, in turn originating from the Greek κάννα , "reed", and then generalised to mean any hollow tube-like object?

A: Yes, cognate with Akkadian term qanu and Hebrew qāneh, meaning "tube" or "reed". The word has been used to refer to a gun since 1326 in Italy, and 1418 in England.

Q: Is a cannon argued to be during the 1260 Battle of Ain Jalut between the Mamluks and Mongols?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a cannon preferable?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cannon abandoned in favour of missile-projecting ones?

A: Yes, as words meaning either incendiary or explosive are commonly translated as gunpowder.

Q: Is a cannon employed in increasing numbers during the war?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cannon similar to those used in the Second World War?

A: Yes, although the importance of the larger calibre weapons has declined with the development of missiles.

Q: Was a cannon the breech-loading Armstrong Gun—also invented by William George Armstrong—which boasted significantly improved range?

A: Yes, and accuracy, and power than earlier weapons.

Q: Was a cannon significantly increased?

A: Yes, and they became deadlier than ever, both to infantry who belatedly had to adopt different tactics, and to ships, which had to be armoured.

Q: Is a cannon among the earliest forms of gunpowder artillery?

A: Yes, and over time replaced siege engines—among other forms of ageing weaponry—on the battlefield.

Q: Is a cannon then washed in deionized water to remove the electrolyte?

A: Yes, and is treated in tannic acid, which prevents further rust and gives the metal a bluish-black colour.

Q: Is a cannon bronze?

A: Yes, and it will often have a vent piece made of copper screwed into the length of the vent.

Q: Is a cannon less expensive and more durable generally than bronze and withstand being fired more times without deteriorating?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cannon correct and in common usage?

A: Yes, and with one or the other having preference in different parts of the English-speaking world.

Q: Was a cannon more effective against armour so they were increasingly used during the course of World War II?

A: Yes, and newer fighters such as the Hawker Tempest usually carried two or four versus the six .50 Browning machine guns for US aircraft or eight to twelve M1919 Browning machine guns on British aircraft.

Q: Is a cannon still the slowest component of the army: a heavy English cannon required 23 horses to transport?

A: Yes, while a culverin needed nine.

Q: Is a cannon howitzers?

A: Yes, and mortars, guns, and autocannon, although a few superguns—extremely large, custom-designed cannon—have also been constructed.

Q: Is a cannon a descendant of the fire lance?

A: Yes, and a gunpowder-filled tube attached to the end of a spear and used as a flamethrower in China.

Q: Was a cannon intended to create more wooden splinters when hitting the structure of an enemy vessel?

A: Yes, as they were believed to be more deadly than the ball by itself.

Q: Is a cannon a flat circular space called the vent field where the charge is lit?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cannon capable of firing these heavy metal balls with such force that they could penetrate more than a metre of solid oak?

A: Yes, and from a distance of 90 m , and could dismast even the largest ships at close range.

Q: Was a cannon the pot-de-fer?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cannon made in a great variety of lengths and bore diameters?

A: Yes, but the general rule was that the longer the barrel, the longer the range.

Q: Was a cannon widely known as the earliest form of a gun and artillery?

A: Yes, before early firearms were invented.

Q: Is a cannon the 25 mm "Bushmaster" chain gun?

A: Yes, and mounted on the LAV-25 and M2 Bradley armoured vehicles.

Q: Is a cannon useful for containing and directing this force?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cannon used by Ming dynasty forces at the Battle of Lake Poyang?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cannon dated to 1326?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a cannon the Great Turkish Bombard?

A: Yes, and which required an operating crew of 200 men and 70 oxen, and 10,000 men to transport it.

Q: Is a cannon abandoned in favour of greater numbers of lighter?

A: Yes, and more manoeuvreable pieces.

Q: Is a cannon being used to besiege various fortified buildings during the English Civil War?

A: Yes.