British Artillery Experience; Shooting & Observation in Trench Warfare

British Artillery Experience; Shooting & Observation in Trench Warfare

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...borrowed our O.P., had failed to hit the target and had given up. This is one of the pleasures of the 75 firing at short rangethat a standing target can be so badly hammered; and very few structures can stand against it. Sand-bagged bombing posts are very easy to deal with. Covered-in, loopholed " letter-boxes " for snipers, once spotted, can be wrecked. Flimsy screens and camouflage are more difficult to get rid of, and some gunners try to do it with a close burst of shrapnel to clear the stuff out of the way; perhaps it is better to use direct action H.E. for any that is not too high, and go on till a burst underneath the target blows a hole in it. ' Minenwerfer and trench-mortar emplacements are usually dealt with by howitzers, but when they are spotted in action, field guns can do useful work in trying to inflict casualties, and to unsteady or prevent their firing. In this case it must be remembered that the target is very small and low, difficult to hit, and usually pretty well concealed from observation. Delay action H.E. bursting on ricochet isperhaps the most effective, with a little shrapnel burst high to cover the ground well. If salvos are fired every time a " Minnie" is seen shot up from the emplacement, it may be silenced, but will then usually reopen in about half an hour, when the same treatment should be given it. With luck, the emplacement may be kept silent as too unhealthy for ordinary use, but for the best chance of achieving this one salvo only sent over as soon as the mortar fires, and only then, will avoid the risk of letting the detachment get used to being missed by a succession of our rounds, and will be the most demoralizing. ' Houses behind the lines are easy enough to hit, but difficult...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236850882
  • 9781236850881