Artillery Through the Ages: A Short Illustrated History of Cannon, Emphasizing Types Used in America
DIANE Publishing, 1994 - 92 pages
A description of types of artillery used in warfare throughout history, including the ancient engines of war; gunpowder introduced to Europe; the bombards; 16th century cannon; the 17th century and Gustavus Adolphus; the 18th century; U.S. guns of the early 1800s; rifling; the Civil War; and the change to modern artillery. Also includes the characteristics of cannon; projectiles; tools; the practice of gunnery; glossary; and selected bibliography. Many of the types of cannon described in this book may be seen in areas of the National Park system; some parks with especially fine collections are listed. Illustrated with detailed drawings.
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An impressive overview of centuries of scientific and social evolutionary paths of artillery of the major military powers; despite it's small size (less than one-hundred pages!) it contains a wealth of knowledge and dozens of beautifully detailed illustrations.
Make use of the expansive glossary; the text assumes the reader has a base knowledge of artillery terms and concepts.
Author is a well known and prolifically published scholar in the field, based at the 17th century Spanish forts in St. Augustine Florida; understandably the examples in this text focus primarily on Spanish weaponry.
The listing of NPS pieces is brilliant and the only compilation of it's kind I've ever come across.
This is an amazing book. I just wrote a term paper on Artillery for my history class. This book explained to me how artillery weapons work and about their origins. best weapons book i've ever read. i would highly recommend it.
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