This valuable study provides an unparalleled insight into how artillery resources were established, developed and employed during the Second World War, using the Royal Artillery as an example. Beginning with an overview of the nature and state of readiness of the artillery on the outbreak of war, the book analyses in great detail the weapons available to it, their technical functionality and their performance capabilities. With this knowledge the author then explores the organization, methods, procedures and tactics employed. To complete his examination, Stig H. Moberg looks at a number of key battles from the war to see how the artillery was used, and the effectiveness of its support to the British and Allied infantry and armour, in the campaigns in North Africa, Burma and Europe. The book is based on extensive archival research, interviews with veterans and contemporary historians, and previously unpublished personal accounts. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, maps, plans, graphs, charts and diagrams, it demonstrates precisely how British Artillery was used on the battlefields around the world.
GUNFIRE! British Artillery in World War II
This provides a comprehensive guide for tactical and even technical gunnery, tactics and force structure for British (and by extension Commonwealth force artillery) in WWII. The first half covers weapons and tactics in great detail, and the second half covers selected campaigns, including France ’40, Norway, El Alamein, Normandy, British Rhine crossing and Burma. Maps (31In Colour); Appendices; Notes; Sources; and an Index complete this thorough and factual presentation off British Artillery in WWII.