Artillery

Armstrong 100-ton guns

Artillery British 8 Min Read

Rinella gun, Malta, still on the original mount.   In the late 1800s, large muzzle-loading cannons were built by Armstrong’s Elswick Ordnance Company for the British government. They were built on the Armstrong system of a primary steel tube, with successive, shorter, wrought-iron tubes, heated and shrunk on the main tube. They had a 18-in (45-cm) bore, a little over…

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Air Warfare Artillery 12 Min Read

Berlin Flak Defences

Giant armored ammunition elevator vault beside 88mm gun and sweeping view of Berlin. The mainstay of the city’s defences, however, was its flak crews. By 1943, there were around 100 batteries in and around the capital, each containing searchlight units, radio telemetry, and on average, between 16 and 24 individual…

Artillery Fortification Medieval 6 Min Read

Flak-Turm

The Zoo flak tower Berliners had been repeatedly told that theirs was the best-defended city in the world. And, for once, Nazi propagandists were telling the unglossed truth: Berlin’s air defences really were state-of-the-art. The centrepiece of the hugely impressive network of defences in the city was the three Berlin…

Artillery British Weapons 6 Min Read

War and Science -French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era.

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier The longstanding connection between war and science in the West intensified during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era. Armed forces depended on scientific and technological expertise in many areas. Different service branches had different needs. One particularly marked by dependence on science was the artillery, since it was…

Artillery Soviet Weapons 4 Min Read

ISU ASSAULT GUNS IN ACTION

A Soviet GAZ-MM 4 x 2 cargo truck drives past a line of ISU-152 assault guns in Lvov, in the Ukraine, in July 1944. The photograph gives a good view of the chassis’ running gear, with KV-l’s spoked wheels rather than the disc wheels used on the T-34 and its…

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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…