By Ian V. Hogg
This accomplished quantity describes the guns of the Allied forces that have been in use from 1939-45. each one of those guns is defined intimately with requisites and a desirable array of infrequent pictures and drawings. This well-researched paintings presents in-depth insurance of all kinds of artillery utilized by the Allies, together with: coastal and railway artillery, anti-tank, anti-aircraft, box, medium and heavy artillery.
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Sometimes the condition of the gunner mattered, too: at the siege of Oudenaarde in 1582 a drunken Spanish gunner fired directly into his own camp, interrupting the dinner party of the Spanish commander-in-chief, Alessandro of Parma, who, unhurt and nonplussed, continued with his meal even as his dead and dying companions were removed from table. CULVERIN A line drawing of a small, wrought-iron culverin of the late fifteenth century. THE RENAISSANCE AT WAR old-fashioned, self-consciously chivalric members of the military aristocracy, men like the Italian condottiere Vitellozzo Vitelli (d.
There is an interesting design parallel between these giant towers and the great bombards of a slightly earlier generation; both cannon makers and military architects clearly sought strength through size - but there were costs. In ordnance the giant bombards proved both slow-moving and slow-firing. In the case of the artillery tower, size made for easy targeting by attacking gunners. The obvious answer here was to mask a fortress with a wide and deep surrounding ditch; from a distance only the tower-tops would be visible and vulnerable to battery, but inside the ditch an assault party with ladders would still face dauntingly tall walls.
Next the existing defences had to be strengthened. Tall medieval gates and towers, their vertical defences now outmoded, had to be lowered to offer less of a target. Church towers inside the town would be spared. These were invaluable for observation, and also for mounting a few light pieces to snipe at the besiegers from a distance (during the siege of Florence in 1530 a defending gunner nicknamed 'the Wolf' pestered the Imperial Army from the heights of the St Miniato campanile, protected by 1,800 wool bales piled up or strapped to the tower).
Allied Artillery of World War Two by Ian V. Hogg