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Big Guns, Brave Men

Mobile Artillery Observers and the Battle of Okinawa
by Rodney Earl Walton
Naval Inst Pr

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Pub Date: 2013
Format: Hardback with bw illus.
Pages: 229 pp.
Size: 6.25 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 9781612511306
TB Code: 1808032
Availability: 184 in stock

According to Rodney Earl Walton, U.S. artillerymen matched Japanese gunners in intensity and surpassed them in effectiveness because their forward observers were able to provide a much shorter response time to requests for artillery support. Divided into teams consisting of four or five men led by an artillery lieutenant, these observers would spend three days on the front lines directing artillery against enemy positions, return to their artillery battery for three days, and then rotate up to the line of battle again. While trying to maximize the damage inflicted on the enemy, the men had to deal with the ever-present possibility of firing on their own forces. The ability to shift artillery fire throughout the battlefield was a new development in World War II, and its evolution is fully examined in the book.