Field Artillery and Firepower

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This definitive overview of the development and use of artillery makes the complex artillery systems of today understandable, while at the same time showing how they have evolved and how they are likely to change in the future. The author, until recently chief of artillery for the British Army, is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the subject. Unlike other books that either describe the technical aspects of present-day firepower or outline its history during specific wars, this work provides both...
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Overview


This definitive overview of the development and use of artillery makes the complex artillery systems of today understandable, while at the same time showing how they have evolved and how they are likely to change in the future. The author, until recently chief of artillery for the British Army, is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the subject. Unlike other books that either describe the technical aspects of present-day firepower or outline its history during specific wars, this work provides both a detailed explanation of the modern artillery system and a history of its development over the past six hundred fifty years, identifying its enduring principles and changing practices against an ever-changing background of technology, tactics, and strategy. When an earlier version of this book was published in 1989, it became known as the best single source on field artillery in the English language. This new edition has been fully updated and substantially expanded to cover a wide range of contemporary military debates and the role of firepower, and is certain to be regarded as the ultimate work on the subject for years to come.

J.B.A. Bailey assesses major developments over the past decade, analyzing artillery operations in airborne, urban, littoral, desert, jungle, mountain, arctic, and nocturnal environments. He examines direct fire, counterfire, the suppression of enemy air defenses, and force protection methods. He explains field artillery from its primitive beginnings to its dominance as an art in World War II and its potent utility in operations since 1945 and into the future. The book will be of particular interest to military historians and those engaged in debating firepower's future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591140290
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author


J.B.A. Bailey is a major general in the British Army, who has been responsible for the Army's future concepts, force development, and doctrine.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 Technology and Concepts 1
1 Artillery Equipment and Munitions 3
2 The Nature of Firepower 9
3 Battlespace 15
Pt. 2 Ancillary Activities 19
4 Command, Control, Communications, Computation, and Intelligence 21
5 Logistics 24
6 Training 40
Pt. 3 Specialized Missions 47
7 Direct Fire 49
8 Counterbattery Operations and Counterfire 56
9 The Suppression of Enemy Air Defense 76
10 Operations in Special Environments 83
11 Force Protection 117
Pt. 4 Development of Artillery, Its Coordination and Effects 139
12 Prologue 141
13 Medieval Artillery, 1300-1618 143
14 The Great Age of the Smoothbore, 1618-1865 150
15 Warfare of the Early Industrial Age, 1865-1914 206
16 The First World War, 1914-1918 240
17 Between the Wars, 1918-1939 271
18 The Second World War, 1939-1945 286
19 Operations since 1945 358
20 The Cold War and Its Legacy, 1945-1990 444
21 Into the Future 502
App. A Artillery Concentrations and Ammunition Expenditure, 1422-1984 539
App. B The Evolution of Indirect Fire-Planning during the First World War 548
Abbreviations 555
Glossary 559
Reference List 563
Index 599
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