US Field Artillery of World War II

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US Field Artillery of World War II

By Steven J. Zaloga; Brian Delf (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781846030611, 48pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 2007


Determined to learn from the lessons of World War I where it was unprepared and heavily reliant on British and French guns, the US Army developed a whole new generation of field artillery weapons and tactics during the 1930s. Consequently, in World War II it was the clear leader in field artillery.

Providing a thorough examination of the many critical innovations and doctrines, and the impact they had on performance in combat, this book demonstrates why US field artillery was so effective in World War II. Innovations featured include the motorization of artillery, which increased mobility; fire direction centers, which enhanced their firepower; aerial observation; and radio communications.

Exploring, in their entirety, the weapons that formed the backbone of the US artillery arsenal in World War II, this book reveals a wealth of detail not readily available elsewhere.

About the Author
Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Reverend Dr. Stephen Motyer is a lecturer at the London Bible College. He has written numerous books and articles about the Bible, including Who's Who in the Bible, and was a consultant for the highly acclaimed Children's Illustrated Bible and Illustrated Family Bible, all published by DK Publishing, Inc. Brian Delf has illustrated many children's books for DK Publishing, Inc., including the best-selling Picture Atlas of the World.

Praise For US Field Artillery of World War II

"The author does a wonderful job of describing American Field Artillery in World War II." -J. E. Kauffman, Site-O

"As always the case with this author, the text is well-written, easily understood and very informative... the selection of images is simply outstanding... if you are even the least bit interested in this subject, this book is a must for your reference library... Highly recommended." -Frank De Sisto,

"Steven J. Zaloga is well known for his expertise in things military and he shares that with us in this volume, in a highly readable and interesting presentation... This is all superbly illustrated by Brian Delf with some excellent color illustrations in the center of the book of nearly all the weapons covered in the body of the work. This is further enhanced by a fine selection of period images. It all comes together in a book of excellent quality and one that you can buy with confidence." -Scott Van Aken,