The Images of War series has established itself as a very popular series with a wide range of readers. This new addition follows the proven format of a high image count using an outstanding selection of rare images, with concise text that tell the story very well . – Highly Recommended
NAME: Images of War, M7 Priest, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R2794 AUTHOR: David Doyle PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 143 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, mobile artillery, self-propelled artillery, armoured support, mobile warfare, counter battery firing, 105mm howitzer, Korean War, Cold War
IMAGE: B2794.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y4dt77t8 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Images of War series has established itself as a very popular series with a wide range of readers. This new addition follows the proven format of a high image count using an outstanding selection of rare images, with concise text that tell the story very well . - Highly Recommended The Second World War saw the use of armour in all arms battle groups. The speed of advance meant that artillery and infantry had to be mounted on equally mobile platforms and provided with armoured protection. That in turn meant that logistics would be under heavy pressure for fuel, supplies, ammunition and spares. As a result, proven armoured chassis, built for gun tanks, were employed as platforms for specialist mobile systems intended for other roles. The US were initially ill-prepared for a major modern war. From 1939 to Pearl Harbour at the end of 1941, the US military and the defence contractors were having to play catch up, learning as much as possible from the war that Britain and Germany were fighting. The use of mechanized and armoured battle groups, with the use of aircraft in close support, required artillery to both keep up with the armoured spearhead, but also to move firing positions quickly to avoid counter battery fire from the enemy's artillery. That inevitably meant taking a chassis already in production as a gun tank and adapting it to take a much heavier gun as a self propelled artillery piece. Before the US entry into WWII, it was working hard to update its tank designs and it had the benefit of feedback from its British customer, particularly in respect of the fast moving North African Campaign were armies chased each other back and forth along the narrow coastal strip between Egypt and Algeria. The US gun tanks were struggling to match German technology but they were designed for mass production and their numbers were to make up for many of the design weaknesses. The M4 Sherman was to prove a generally reliable gun tank that could take on the more numerous earlier German models even if they were strongly outmatched by the German 88mm anti-tank guns and the Tiger I battle tanks. It was therefore no surprise that the M7 Priest was to be built on the M4 Sherman chassis. By marrying the 105mm howitzer with the M4 chassis, a very effective self propelled artillery piece was produced. It was to serve with success in all theatres of WWII with distinction and continued as a front line artillery platform after 1945, still in service with US forces in the Korean War and used in the Middle East by combatants after that. Most of the images are monochrome and from WWII. There are also some very good images in full colour of M7s in action and of preserved examples.