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- proper n. A heavy, long-range howitzer used by Germany in World War I
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a large cannon used by the German army during World War I.
“Bread-and-breakfast,” Big Bertha repeated, making sure everyone heard.
He thus casually acquired a hundred thousand dollars’ worth of Corot, Delacroix, Forain, Gauguin, Ingres, and Manet for the British, and managed to get a Cezanne for himself: Big Bertha was shelling Paris and prices were pleasantly depressed.
Military annals remember Big Bertha as a weapon crucial to Germany during World War I, a sort of Howitzer on wheels.
This shell, which had soared twenty-four miles above the earth before descending, was the first of 367 projectiles fired at the French capital over the next four and a half months by a gun the Allies called Big Bertha and the Germans the Paris Gun.