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  • Books on ww2 artillery methods.

    Hi, im having a real hard time finding any books on this subject. What seems to be the only thing is illustrated facts on specific weaponsystems. But im looking for something on doctrine, tactics, methods and so forth, especially when it comes to the difference between the fighting powers. It doesnt have to be about world war 2 in perticular, any good book on artillery methods/tactics is a good tip.
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  • #2
    Try this book:
    On Artillery by Bruce Gudmundsson
    http://www.amazon.com/On-Artillery-B.../dp/0275946738


    Gudmundsson tells the story of field artillery in the 20th century and its impact on the major conflicts of our time. Its purpose is to provide the reader--whether artilleryman or not--with hitherto unavailable insights on the role that artillery plays in the larger battle and how that has helped shape the world that we live in today. Unique aspects of the book include the treatment of technical issues in non-technical language, the extensive use of German and French sources generally unavailable to the English-speaking reader, the shattering of some long-cherished myths, and the discussion of issues that are often papered over in the literature of field artillery--losses from friendly fire, the frequent impotence of counter-battery fire, and the French origins of current American doctrine.

    The bulk of the literature on field artillery can be fairly described as gunner propaganda. Gudmundsson, with his emphasis on the way artillery interacts with other arms and the dynamics of the battle as a whole, takes a more balanced and a more critical view, dealing with the failures as well as the achievements of field artillery. This study provides a thorough overview of field artillery in non-technical language that will be of interest to military professionals, military historians, and wargamers.

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    • #3
      If you find a reference to any article in the US Army's Field Artillery Journal, you may be able to download it in PDF format here -

      http://sill-www.army.mil/firesbullet...ves/index.html

      Good luck!
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      • #4
        Not a book, but here's a link to artillery practices for the major combatants:

        http://etloh.8m.com/strategy/artil.html

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        • #5
          Here is a link to a book on British Artillery(and best) theories and weapons.

          http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Power-T...546007&sr=1-10

          And this excellent site.

          http://nigelef.tripod.com/maindoc.htm


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          • #6
            "Artillery in the Great War" by Paul Strong and Sanders Marble, from Pen & Sword. Covers WW1 on chronological order, and deals with the different armies and how they organised and fought.

            Sanders Marble also has an on-line publication "The Infantry Cannot Do With A Gun Less", about (IIRC) British artillery in WW1, that covers British field artillery in depth.

            I can also recommend Nigel's site

            Just remembered, there is an American website called something like "CARL" that has links to instruction manuals on the use of field, medium, heavy and super-heavy artillery, all official US publications written either during or just after the Great War. I had the link at work but not at home. In fact I shall now go off and try to locate it again!
            Last edited by Rob Connolly; 18 Feb 13, 15:52.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rob Connolly View Post
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              Just remembered, there is an American website called something like "CARL" that has links to instruction manuals on the use of field, medium, heavy and super-heavy artillery, all official US publications written either during or just after the Great War. I had the link at work but not at home. In fact I shall now go off and try to locate it again!
              Good thing you mentioned them. They've just updated their site and have a new url.

              Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library
              http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/
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              • #8
                Originally posted by GCoyote View Post
                Good thing you mentioned them. They've just updated their site and have a new url.

                Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library
                http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/
                Thanks for that - the old memory's not what it used to be and CARL was an educated guess!

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