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AFV Artillery 4 Min Read

The development of SP artillery had been envisioned as early as 1934, but by 1935 attention had turned to a tank with a 105mm howitzer. Thus, it was not until early 1940 that approval was given for development of a true SP artillery piece. In January 1942 Krupp showed a prototype of a 105mm howitzer on the PzKw IV chassis…

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Ancient Warfare Armies Artillery Cavalry 37 Min Read

The Hellenistic Period – Weapons 400–150 BC III

LIGHT CAVALRY AND CATAPHRACTS Light cavalry of the Hellenistic period were generally mercenaries, called Tarentines. Although originally from Taras in south Italy, the name came to mean just a type of light cavalry armed with javelins and a small shield (Head 1982, pp. 115–16). The small shield of Macedonian style…

Artillery 6 Min Read

Heavy Pounders’

BL 5.5-inch Medium Gun in Italy, 1944 A British 4.5 inch gun in Normandy, 1944 WW II Radar Counter battery fire Counter battery fire most definitely was part of the WWII mortar crews concern hence the cover and protection. The allies had radar reserved specifically for this role. (First discovered…

Air Warfare Artillery 10 Min Read

Antiaircraft fire

The 85-mm anti-aircraft gun was developed from the successful 76.2- mm series, and proved highly effective in service. Much prized by the Germans, captured equipment was used alongside the famous ’88’. Many were used in the defence of Germany from the Allied bombing campaign. The Soviet 85-mm (3.346-in) Model 1939…

Artillery 8 Min Read

Krupp

The Paris Gun The Krupp arms-making dynasty was founded in Essen upon the fortune amassed by Arndt Krupp, who settled in that city in 1587. His son Anton expanded the family’s endeavors into making firearms during the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-1648, and the family progressively expanded its operations over…

Artillery Poland 5 Min Read

2nd Artillery Group, 2nd Polish Corps

Poles of the 2nd Artillery Group, 2nd Polish Corps, man a heavy artillery piece bombarding German positions. No one was keener to liberate their homeland than the Poles. 2nd Artillery Group: 9th,10th,11th,12th and 13th heavy artillery regiments (pulk artylerii ciezkiej) General Wladislaw Sikorski, the head of the Polish Government in…

Artillery Weapons 5 Min Read

Multiple Launch Rocket System (227-MM MLRS) – The Gridsmasher

About 90 MLRS launchers were committed to Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, with more than 10,000 rockets fired during battle. The military report Desert Score summarizes of this system, “The MLRS is also identified as the M270 Armored Vehicle Mounted Rocket Launcher (AVMRL). It consists of an M269 Launcher Loader Module…

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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…