New Vanguard 40
American Civil War Artillery
1861 – 1865 (2), Heavy Artillery
by Philip Katcher
illustrated by Tony Bryan
S u m m a r y
||Published by Osprey
||48 pages, colour plates.
||Excellent photos and
colour plates; good identification of unfamiliar weapons;
||Highly Recommended to
aficionados of American Civil War history and weapons.
Reviewed by John Prigent
Philip Katcher has already written quite a few books in the Men at Arms
series, including 5 covering the American Civil War armies of both sides,
and now adds a second volume on artillery to the new-look New Vanguards.
All those strange names are made clear here – Columbiads, Parrott Rifles,
and Dahlgren Guns, with their different constructions and their origins
explained. Siege guns, mortars and naval use are well described too, with
a good selection of contemporary photographs clearly reproduced. Some are
so good that you need to check the caption to make sure you’re not looking
at one of the modern photos of preserved pieces!
The excellent plates show the different types on field and casemate
carriages, but the trademark centre cutaway here is not a cutaway but a
splendid depiction of a 100 pound Parrott Rifle on its iron casemate
carriage with all its parts captioned. The cutaway page actually shows the
different types of shell construction, though the captions for shells D
and G have been reversed.
Another one for American Civil War fans, and highly recommended to them
and to all artillery enthusiasts.
Review Copyright © 2001 by John
Page Created 23 August, 2001
22 July, 2003
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