This latest book provides detailed coverage of US Army field artillery in service from 1941 to 1945. Many of the guns described have continued in service long after the end of the Second World War.
NAME: American Field Artillery 1941-45
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Paul Gaujac
PUBLISHER: Histoire & Collections
BINDING: Soft back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: field guns, US Army, 1941-45,
World War II, SPG, towed guns, close
support, half-track, Priest, Bishop,
Gun Motor, M12, T30, pack guns
This French publisher has produced a fine range of specialist military titles that feature lavish illustration and use colour throughout. This latest book provides detailed coverage of US Army field artillery in service from 1941 to 1945. Many of the guns described have continued in service long after the end of the Second World War. The standard of illustration is high and where available full colour photographs have been published. Colour artwork has been used to augment the black and white images shot during the War. As with other titles from this publisher, the level of detail is good and includes images of badges and uniforms. The US neglected artillery and had to make great efforts to catch up. By 1945 the US Army had built a modern artillery capability from pack howitzers that could be carried by mules in jungle and mountain warfare to highly capable towed and self-propelled artillery. This book specifically deals with the period of WWII but some of these artillery pieces can still be found in service around the world more than six decades after they were built and continue to provide effective service, some still being in the first quarter of their barrel life. This is a book that no reader interested in military history should be without. It is comprehensive and will also provide a reliable introduction to the subject. The high photographic content and scale drawings will appeal particularly to model engineers. A good value book produced to a high standard.