BRITISH ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

  THE MAIN FEATURES

Updated 24 April 2016

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

Introduction

 

Organisation

 

Deployment

 

Application of Firepower

 

Tactical Fire Control  
Technical Fire Control  
Other Artillery  

 

Introduction

This page summarises the main features of the British field artillery system used in Commonwealth armies, a system to deliver mobile firepower, where the firepower rather than the guns are manoeuvred.  It provides links to other parts of this site that give more detail.  A 9 point list of the important characteristics and some quotations are also given here.  A short description of the distinctive fire control method is given here.

The Royal Artillery was responsible for field artillery including survey, anti-tank, anti-aircraft (AA), coast artillery (anti-ship) and maritime artillery (air and surface defence of merchant ships at sea).  This site is primarily concerned with field artillery but has an anti-tank page.  A brief summary of anti-tank and other non-field artillery is at the end of this page.

All links on this page are internal to this site.

Organisation

Deployment

Application of Firepower

Tactical Fire Control

This term was not used by the British Army but it's an appropriate name for the tactical arrangements to plan and direct mobile firepower using indirect techniques.   

Technical Fire Control

The term 'technical fire control' was not used.  It is used here to cover the gunnery procedures and methods used to attack a target.  The term 'observer' means a forward observation officer or observation post able to see a target.  However, it can also refer to a Counter Battery officer or other person ordering fire against a target out of sight.

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