There have been books covering British artillery in WWII, but this one really stands out. This new book is a deeply researched volume that includes many illustrations and supplements – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Gunfire!, British Artillery in World War II FILE: R2666 AUTHOR: Stig H Moberg PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline books BINDING: hard back PAGES: 448 PRICE: £40.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, artillery, guns, gunners, towed field artillery, self-propelled artillery, assault guns, heavy artillery, mountain guns, howitzers ISBN: 1-47389-560-X IMAGE: B2666.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y8qgb7a9 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: There have been books covering British artillery in WWII, but this one really stands out. This new book is a deeply researched volume that includes many illustrations and supplements – Highly Recommended. This is the most comprehensive and complete account of British artillery in WWII, its men, its equipment, its innovation, its deployment, its theatres of war, and its challenges. There is an abundance of illustration and it is of the finest quality, including full colour maps, spread through the body of the book. The Second World War saw many important changes in artillery. Until that point, there had been remarkably little change in the employment of artillery since its introduction in the Middle Ages. Certainly there had been technical advances in ammunition, the production of gun barrels, the sighting systems and the breech mechanisms. Rifling had been introduced, muzzle loaders replaced by breech loaders, and major advances in the casting and forging of barrels, and in the metallurgy. However, siege weapons were still cumbersome monsters and field artillery was still dependent on horses and deployed in much the same way. True, balloons had been employed for more than fifty years to provide spotting for artillery, aircraft had been used for improved reconnaissance for thirty years and the field telephone and radio transmitter had improve control and communications. It is also true that the German and Soviet Armies were still heavily dependent on horses to move their artillery, but WWII saw many advances in a very short time. Britain had a small standing army and, although politicians had neglected the military generally since 1918, the artillery had fared reasonably well. The British had been able to mechanize its artillery and the Universal Carrier, or Bren gun Carrier, was available in some numbers to tow field pieces. It was essentially an open topped light tank that could be used as an artillery tractor, personnel carrier, and reconnaissance vehicle. For the larger guns and for higher speed, there was a selection of motor vehicles from militarized trucks to heavy tractors and limbers. The QF gun that had performed well during WWI was sill in use, but there were many new guns including the famous 25 pounder. Curiously, the British failed to use their excellent 3.7in anti-aircraft gun as an anti-tank gun as the Germans had with their very similar 88mm anti-aircraft gun which became famous as a tank killer. As the war progressed, the British introduced self-propelled guns and specialist tanks to augment the traditional towed field guns, greatly expanded the number of anti-aircraft guns and employed mules to carry broken down artillery pieces through the jungles of Burma. The author has covered all of these aspects, but also looked at development, construction and tactics, the men and the resources that made British artillery a battle winning weapon of WWII.