I borrowed part of the title today from a novel I finished up over the weekend, The Smoke At Dawn, by Jeff Shaara, which tells the story of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga campaign in the American Civil War, both from the point of view of the commanders and the men in the lines. It seemed oddly appropriate for today, finishing off this series from Victoria Day.
The cannon salute to Queen Victoria certainly is loud. Before they begin, officers on site set everyone back at a given distance, and caution that the noise will be considerable. I imagine the gun crews use ear plugs.