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American Artillery (Hardback)

From 1775 to the Present Day

American History Photographic Books Military

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 200 black and white
ISBN: 9781526776662
Published: 8th April 2021

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The first regiment of artillery in the American Continental Army was formed in 1775. During the American Civil War (1861-1865) artillery evolved from the employment of individual batteries to massed fire of grouped batteries.

In 1907, the US Army Artillery Corps was reorganized into the Field Artillery and the Coast Artillery Corps. During the First World War (1914-1918), a lack of American-made weapons saw the adoption of foreign artillery pieces. The Second World War demanded the introduction of many new field artillery pieces by the US Army. General Patton later commented, “I don’t have to tell you who won the war, you know our artillery did.”

American artillery firepower also took a heavy toll of the enemy during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

During the Cold War American artillery continued to develop, embracing new weapons systems including tactical nuclear missiles which thankfully never had to be used. Conventional artillery proved highly effective during both Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

This superbly illustrated and authoritative work covers the full range of artillery weaponry which has been in service with US armed forces.

"[This book] is liberally illustrated and full of technical details on cannon, rocket and missile launchers, munitions, and fire-direction equipment. There is also considerable information on how new ordnance was developed and adopted into service over time. The book is a good reference volume."

Military Heritage

A unique and impressively informative history of American military artillery from the founding of our nation down to the present day.

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Midwest Book Review

"...well written and presented."

The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

A unique and impressively informative history of American military artillery from the founding of our nation down to the present day, "American Artillery: From 1775 to the Present Day" is profusely illustrated in black-and-white throughout, and must be considered a core and essential addition to personal, community, college and university library American Military History collections and supplemental studies curriculums.

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Midwest Book Review

This should be a useful reference for modellers and wargamers as well as those simply interested in the history of artillery.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

"...will be of interest to modelers and military historians alike."

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 Michael Green

About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series including Armour in Vietnam, US Navy Aircraft Carriers, US Battleships, US Navy Submarines, The Patton Tank, US Naval Aviation, American Infantry Weapons, MI Abrams Tank, Combat Aircraft of the USAF, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War , Axis AFVs of WW2, US Military Helicopters, United States Airborne Divisions 1942-2018, US Marine Corps in Vietnam, US Army Armoured Divisions and US Marine Corps in the Korean War.


Most recently he compiled American Artillery From 1775 to the Present Day in a stand-alone format.


He lives in California.

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