Book Review: Doctrine Under Fire: American Artillery Employment in World War I


by Mark E. Groteluesche

Westport, Ct: Greenwood, 2001. Pp. xiv, 174. Illus, maps, tables, diagr., append., notes., biblio., index. $62.50. ISBN:: 0-313-31171-4

A comprehensive look at the development of American artillery doctrine during World War I. The work begins with a short look at the evolution of American artillery doctrine in the period prior to the U.S. entry into the war. It then focuses on how American gunners had to modify their doctrine based on their experiences in France, not only in combat, but also from the fact that Uncle Sam’s poverty forced them to use French equipment, and thus French practices. The book is particularly useful for its detailed examination of the employment of artillery in the 2nd Division.

An immensely valuable work for the serious student of the A.E.F.

Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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