After such projectiles what signified the famous ball which

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However that may be, the effect of these cannon was very deadly, and at each discharge the combatants fell like ears before a scythe. After such projectiles what signified the famous ball which, at Coutras, in 1587, disabled twenty-five men; and the one which, at Zorndorff, in 1758, killed forty fantassins; and in 1742, Kesseldorf's Austrian cannon, of which every shot levelled seventy enemies with the ground?
I have no idea what the part in bold is supposed to be about. Could anyone please elaborate?

Source: The Moon-Voyage : From the Earth to the Moon. : Chapter I. The Gun Club. by Jules Verne @ Classic Reader
  • The Newt

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    The idea seems to be that the cannon under discussion was so powerful that it made earlier cannons, powerful as they were, seem meaningless by comparison.
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