Brophy, William S., LtCol, USAR, Ret.,
THE SPRINGFIELD 1903 RIFLES..
Stackpole Books, 4th Printing, March 1996.
MACHINE GUNS AND THE GREAT WAR.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 16 plates.
(Pen & Sword, 2009).
6x9, 176 pages.
~~~ The machine-gun is one of the iconic weapons of the Great War – indeed of the twentieth century. Yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. During a four-year war that generated unprecedented casualties, the machine-gun stood out as a key weapon. In the process it took on an almost legendary status that persists to the present day. It shaped the tactics of the trenches, while simultaneously evolving in response to the tactical imperatives thrown up by this new form of warfare. Paul Cornish, in this authoritative and carefully considered study, reconsiders the history automatic firepower, and he describes in vivid detail its development during the First World War and the far-reaching consequences thereof. He dispels many myths and misconceptions that have grown up around automatic firearms, but also explores their potency as symbols and icons. His clear-sighted reassessment of the phenomenon of the machine-gun will be fascinating reading for students of military history and of the Great War in particular.
Crossman, Edward C. THE BOOK OF THE SPRINGFIELD
THE GRIM REAPER: Machine-Guns and Machine-Gunners in Action
. VG/VG. Hardcover with dust jacket. Sarpedon, 1996. Photographs, bibliography, index, 314 pages. History of the machine gun, from the gatling gun through Vietnam, with a chapter devoted to devolopments leading up to WWI, and another chapter concentrating on WWI itself. "...Generals on both sides in WWI underestimated the power of the machine gun. Lord Haig, for example, remorked: 'The machinegun will never replace the horse as an instrument of war...' The ordinary soldiers on both sides suffered accordingly for such wild views. At the Battle of the Somme in 1916, for instance, the British Fourth Army lost 20,000 killed to German machineguns..." Hardcover originally published at $22.95, but is now OUT OF PRINT.
Lavise, Commandant Emile Charles,
of the French Army, FIELD EQUIPMENT OF THE EUROPEAN FOOT SOLDIER, 1900-1914.
Harllee, Lieutenant Colonel William C., U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. MARINE CORPS SCORE BOOK AND RIFLEMAN'S INSTRUCTOR, THIRD EDITION,
FOR USE WITH BOTH U.S. MAGAZINE RIFLE MODEL 1903 AND U.S. RIFLE MODEL
The shooting manual used by the Marine Corps during World War I and
between the wars.
Strong, Paul and Sanders Marble.
ARTILLERY IN THE GREAT WAR.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 30 illustrations.
(Pen & Sword, 2011).
6x9, 272 pages.
~~~ Artillery was the decisive weapon of the Great War – it dominated the battlefields. Yet the history of artillery during the conflict has been neglected, and its impact on the fighting is inadequately understood. Paul Strong and Sanders Marble, in this important and highly readable study, seek to balance the account.
Their work shows that artillery was central to the tactics of the belligerent nations throughout the long course of the conflict, in attack and in defense. They describe, in vivid detail, how in theory and practice the use of artillery developed in different ways among the opposing armies, and they reveal how artillery men on all sides coped with the extraordinary challenges that confronted them on the battlefield. They also give graphic accounts of the role played by artillery in specific operations, including the battles of Le Cateau, the Somme and Valenciennes.
Their work will be fascinating reading for anyone who is keen to understand the impact of artillery on the Great War and its role in the wider history of modern industrialized warfare.
TANKS IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918
NEW copy, direct from publisher. Battery Press, 2003.
Photographs, drawings, maps, 338 pages.
~~~ This history of the Royal Tanks Corps in World War I covers the development of the tank, mechanical characteristics
of early British tanks, particularly the Mark I, as well as the early battles at the Somme and Ancre. It also
describes the growth of the Tank Corps itself, tank tactics, tank engineering, plus the tank battles of 1917-18.
There are also appreciations of German, French and American tank