WW2

Getting Artillery Right (1944)

It is unnecessary to tell an experienced foot-slogging dog-face how important artillery support is to him when he needs it.  When he runs up against a Jerry strongpoint that is too tough to crack with infantry weapons the proper thing to do is yell for artillery.  He's got to be sure, however, that the target he sees is worth tossing a lot of cannonballs at because cannonballs are the only reserve the artillery has and they cost sweat and blood.  A single Heinie sunning himself on an Eyetie mule and cart is not worth an artillery concentration.  There will most…
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WW1

Principles of Ammunition (1910)

THE SHELL. Field Artillery projectiles are either shrapnel or high-explosive shell.  Common shell and case-shot may now be considered obsolete. Shrapnel. ...The walls of the shell are made as thin as possible, in order to get in the greatest possible weight of bullets.  For this reason, the shell is made of hard and tough nickel steel, pressed hot from the ingot and afterwards drawn out hot by passing through successive discs. It will be observed that the body of the shell is contracted at the shoulder.  The object of this "choke-boring" is to get a closer pattern with the bullets,…
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“When the Guns are Rolling Yonder” (1917-18)

Every soldier leaves behind Oh! a girl that’s true and kind, But you’ll never see your sweetheart anymore. To the war you’ll go away Just a little while to stay Oh! you’ll never see your sweetheart anymore.     Chorus:   When the guns are rolling yonder, When the guns are rolling yonder, When the guns are rolling y-o-n-d-e-r,     (Spoken) Fall’ In! When the guns are rolling yonder we’ll be there.   You’ll be marching up to battle Where those damned machine guns rattle But you’ll never see your sweetheart anymore. When you’re hanging on the wire Under heavy…
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