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Gunfire! (Hardback)

British Artillery in World War II

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By Stig H Moberg
Frontline Books
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781473895607
Published: 30th October 2017



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Supporting 'Our Boys': How the Royal Artillery Became a WWII Battle-Winner, an article written by the author for Forces Network. Read it here.

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‘Although I am an infantryman, and proud of it, I have many times said that the Royal Regiment of Artillery, in my opinion, did more to win the last war than any other Arm of the Service.’ – Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks

This valuable study provides an unparalleled insight into how artillery resources were established, developed and employed during the Second World War, using the Royal Artillery as an example.

Beginning with an overview of the nature and state of readiness of the artillery on the outbreak of war, the book analyses in great detail the weapons available to it, their technical functionality and their performance capabilities. With this knowledge the author then explores the organization, methods, procedures and tactics employed. To complete his examination, Stig H. Moberg looks at a number of key battles from the war to see how the artillery was used, and the effectiveness of its support to the British and Allied infantry and armour, in the campaigns in North Africa, Burma and Europe.

The book is based on extensive archival research, interviews with veterans and contemporary historians, and previously unpublished personal accounts. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, maps, plans, graphs, charts and diagrams, it demonstrates precisely how British Artillery was used on the battlefields around the world.

The sheer volume of work and study over many years – evident from the array of sources, published, unpublished and archive listed – makes this the new “go to” book on the subject. I have no hesitation in declaring this an essential purchase for Second World War historians, not just Gunners.

SOFNAM - Muster - The Members' Magazine of the National Army Museum

A thorough and superbly documented investigation of the British Artillery during World War II.

Read the full Spanish review here

Miniaturas JM

This is a splendid book, providing a detailed study of a key part of the British Army of the Second World War, and filling quite a gap in the study of the artillery.

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History of War

Taken as a whole, this is as much a reference book as a history. It is full of interesting detail and has a useful index as well as a comprehensive list of sources and it has certainly earned its place on my bookshelves.

Brigadier Ken Timbers, Royal Artillery Journal

This account of the Gunner's war does the Royal Regiment of Artillery full justice.
The author's style is engaging and there are many personal anecdotes in the narrative which enliven the technical aspect.

I do not expect to see a finer exposition of the Royal Regiment of Artillery's history and its role in War, I do not hesitate to recommend it.

Fortress Study Group

Miniature Wargames Recommends: 5 stars

This is truly a tour de force by Pen and Sword. The book contains masses of information on British artillery equipment, training, doctrine and tactics, supplemented by chapters on the gunnery aspects of the campaigns in France 1940, Norway, El Alamein, Normandy, Arnhem, the Rhine, and Burma. It is highly analytical, with an excellent collection of 37 full-colour maps or diagrams, including many examples of artillery fire plans.

Miniature Wargames, April 2018 – reviewed by Chris Jarvis

There have been books covering British artillery in WWII, but this one really stands out. This new book is a deeply researched volume that includes many illustrations and supplements – Highly Recommended.

Read the complete review here.


As featured on

Forces Network

This is a book written by an enthusiast for enthusiasts. A must if you are interested in World War II.

Journal of Svenskt Militärhistoriskt Bibliotek

The abundance of illustrations supplements the deeply researched material and the many personal accounts of war experiences. The result is a great tribute to the artillery.

Journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences

Gunfire is a most valuable book . . . I have never read such a thorough and factual presentation of an army’s rearmament and employment of its artillery.

Journal of Swedish Air Defence and Artillery Association

As featured 'ON THE SHELF'

Wargames Illustrated, September 2017

About Stig H Moberg

Stig H. Moberg served as an officer of the Royal Swedish Artillery Reserve during three decades of the Cold War, without which this book would never have materialized. With a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, Stig held managerial and executive positions in Swedish and international power supply and engineering industries before retirement.

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