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I can't tell you how many times I've wandered through a castle, or wooden sailing ship, fort or old battlefield, and wondered just how those venerable cannons looked and sounded when fired.

Tonight, thanks to the cannon firing class (yes, there really is such a thing) at Fort de Chartres, I had my chance.

Only shooting blanks tonight (the live ammunition is for tomorrow :eyes: ), but the roar and smoke were just as good.The smoke was something to behold – the fog of war indeed. I was very happy these were just games for enthusiasts and not the real thing.