CMH Pub 70-27, Paper
1992, 2005; 381 pages, tables, illustrations, appendixes, bibliography, glossary, index
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King of Battle records the development of field artillery in the U.S. Army since colonial times, the branch undergoing a profound technological, tactical, doctrinal, and organizational transformation between 1775 and 1980. Relying on primary sources and secondary literature, Boyd L. Dastrup carefully documents the alternating periods of both rapid advancement when national security was threatened and of slow advancement during times of peace, although field artillery officers of vision tried to maintain a steady pace. In covering the evolution of technology, tactics, and doctrine, and in examining, as appropriate, organizations with training and operations, Dastrup has provided military history scholars and students with an important research source for studying the King of Battle and branch members with a rich history that enhances their esprit de corps.