Artillery

Siege and Defence of Castles During the First Crusade II

Artillery Crusades Siege 20 Min Read

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1754: Siege of a town led by Godefroy de Bouillon (c1060-1100) 1st Crusade (1095-1099), showing Saracens firing arrows at Crusaders as they attempt to scale the walls. From manuscript of Roman de Godefroy de Bouillon. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images) The technological skills of the Franks were not limited to constructing siege engines and artillery. They…

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US 155-mm Howitzer

A U. S. Army 155-mm Howitzer M1 battery prepares for a firing mission in this post-World War II picture. Prior to a firing mission the crew of an M1 lowered a firing jack (pedestal) located under the center axle of the weapon. Once this device was in place, the two…

Artillery France 11 Min Read

French 75 – Mademoiselle Soixante-Quinze

The French industrialist Eugene Schneider began cannon production in 1870 and by the turn of the century commanded an arms empire to rival the German industrial giant Krupp. The Schneider concern employed some 14,000 employees and incorporated company- owned railways and mines as well as a huge factory complex. By…

AFV Artillery Weapons 11 Min Read

American Civil War Rail-Weapons

From the very beginning of the war, the employment of railway batteries in the form of guns placed at the head of trains came into use at several different locations on the front line, either on the initiative of the high command or of especially inventive local commanders. For example,…

Ancient Warfare Artillery Fortification Weapons 11 Min Read

Ancient Technology Transfer

Military technology is likely to be transferred to the enemy whenever it is used against them. Through battle the enemy at least learn of the existence and capabilities of the weapons and techniques used against them, and may attempt even on that basis to reproduce them. Thus Cato was said…

Air Warfare Artillery British German Units 19 Min Read

Operation Tonga Part I

Supermarine Spitfire PR.XI ERWIN ROMMEL (1891-1944). German Field Marshal. Rommel, commander of the German Afrika Korps, inspecting the German position at the Atlantic Wall near Fecamp, Normandy, France. Photographed 17 January 1944. The Mark XI PR Spitfire relied on speed and agility for protection. Travelling at 400 miles per hour,…

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Skoda 149-mm vz 37 howitzer (K4)

Ĺ koda 149 mm K4 howitzer, also known as 15 cm hruba houfnice vzor 37 in Czechoslovakia and as the 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 37(t) in German service. Greece, Czechoslovak-made 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 37(t) / sFH 37(t) (also known as Ĺ koda 149 mm K-series) Limber for 15 cm heavy field…

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Artillery of the Middle Ages

The earliest written evidence for the cannon is found in the ordinances of Florence for…

IMPERIAL RUSSIAN ARMY – RUSSO–JAPANESE WAR

On the eve of the Russo–Japanese War, Russian land forces were the biggest in the…

American Civil War Rail-Weapons

From the very beginning of the war, the employment of railway batteries in the form…

5 cm FlaK 41 & 5.5 cm Gerät 58

The 5-cm (1.97-in) Flak 41 was one of the least successful ofall the German anti-aircraft…