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In a corner just inside Shaniwar Wada (The Peshwas’ Palace in Pune, Maharashtra, India), was this cannon which looked ominous and appealing at the same time.

It might have seen many battles in its time but I don’t know how potent it had proved to be. From what I have read (internet), the Marathas were not great with their cannons and artillery was one of the arms they never became proficient in.

One rather humorous account from the book, “The first Anglo-Maratha war, 1774-1783, a Military Study of Major Battles”, goes like this: A gun is loaded and the whole of the battery sit down, talk and smoke for half an hour when it is fired and if it knocks up a great dust, it is thought sufficient; it is reloaded and the parties resume their smoking and conversation.

Of course guns (of all kinds) are best left unfired.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 238 W: 1 N: 526] (3533)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-05-09
  • Categories: Castles, Artwork
  • Exposure: f/2.2, 1/25 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-22 10:02
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