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Artillery - France: books - history, guns and technology

A book on the French artillery? Here are books on the history, technology and deployment of French guns, howitzers and other artillery.

Napoleon's Guns 1792-1815 (1) - Field Artillery (Osprey)

As a young gunner, Napoleon Bonaparte was trained in one of Europe's finest artillery arms. Both the technological sophistication of their weaponry and the skill of their gunners was largely the result of the adoption of the system devised by one man, Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval.
Gribeauval's standardised system of parts and calibres allowed a degree of uniformity and sophistication in the French artillery that was unmatched throughout Europe, and allowed Napoleon to inherit and develop an arm that could dominate the battlefield.
This volume covers the field artillery pieces of the system: the 4-, 8- and 12-pdr guns; light 1-pdr guns and mountain guns; and later innovations such as the 6-pdr gun.

Contents: Introduction - Design and Development - Operational History - The Variants - Colour Plate Commentary.

Author:Rene Chartrand
Specs:48 pages, 25 x 18 x 0.4 cm / 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2003)
Series:New Vanguard (66)
Book: Napoleon's Guns 1792-1815 (1) - Field Artillery (Osprey)

Napoleon's Guns 1792-1815 (1) - Field Artillery

Language: English

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Napoleon's Guns 1792-1815 (2) - Heavy and Siege Artillery (Osprey)

This volume is the second half of the story of the French artillery during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It covers the howitzers, mortars and large siege (16- and 24-pdrs) and garrison (8- and 12-pdrs) guns, placing a special emphasis on their role, technical significance and operational use.
The introduction of the Gribeauval system put in place a collection of mortars and large guns that were lighter and more manageable than those previously used, while offering first class hitting power.

Contents: Introduction - Design and Development - Operational History - The Variants - Colour plate commentary - Index.

Author:Rene Chartrand
Specs:48 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.4 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2003)
Series:New Vanguard (76)
Book: Napoleon's Guns 1792-1815 (2) - Heavy and Siege Artillery (Osprey)

Napoleon's Guns 1792-1815 (2) - Heavy and Siege Artillery

Language: English

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The French 75 - The 75mm M1897 field gun that revolutionized modern artillery

The 'Soixante quinze', France's legendary 75mm Modele 1897, was the first modern field gun, pioneering several critical innovations in field artillery designs, including a fast action breech and a soft recoil system. Although some of these features had been incorporated into earlier guns, the 75mm M1897 integrated them into a superior, lightweight field gun. The 75mm M1897 earned its reputation in the Great War, forming the backbone of French field artillery.
It was widely distributed to Allied armies, including the American Expeditionary Forces and was also widely exported after World War I around the globe. It was manufactured under licence in numerous countries, including the United States, which used the gun in its initial Pacific campaigns.

Due to its modernity and sound design, the 75mm remained in service well into World War II. It was used by the French, Polish and other armies in the Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939-1940 and thousands were captured by the German Army in 1940 and used for coastal defence. Surprisingly, many were also converted into a very effective anti-tank gun, the PaK 97/38. These weapons lingered in service after World War II, though by this time, they were largely obsolete.

This fascinating book explores the history of the 75mm Modele 1897 in detail, from its design and development to its deployment around the world. The text is supported by stunning, specially commissioned artwork including three-dimensional views of the gun and its variants.

Author:Steven J. Zaloga
Specs:48 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:40 b&w photographs, 8 pages drawings in colour
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (GB, 2020)
Book: The French 75 - The 75mm M1897 field gun that revolutionized modern artillery

The French 75 - The 75mm M1897 field gun that revolutionized modern artillery

Language: English

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L'artillerie lourde sur Voie Ferrée française des origines à 1945

Une synthèse des recherches sur l'ALVF française, accompagnée de documents inédits et de plus de 450 photographies illustrant tous les matériels d'artillerie français sur voie ferrée dont la variété des types est pourtant très grande.

Le général Guy François, né en 1946, effectue depuis plus de quarante ans des recherches sur l'histoire de l'artillerie française, notamment en ce qui concerne l'Artillerie Lourde sur Voie Ferrée. Auteur de multiples articles dans des revues spécialisées, il a aussi rédigé des ouvrages de référence traitant de l'artillerie sur voie ferrée allemande et du canon de 75 modèle 1897.

Author:Général Guy François
Specs:180 pages, 32.5 x 25 x 2 cm / 12.8 x 9.8 x 0.79 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Histoire & Collections (F, 2022)
Book: L'artillerie lourde sur Voie Ferrée française des origines à 1945

L'artillerie lourde sur Voie Ferrée française des origines à 1945

Language: French

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