Towed Versus Self-Propelled Artillery in the Period Prior to 1955: An Historical Investigation of the Argument in the United States Army
Master's thesis Aug 65-May 66
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Field artillery must move rapidly as well as shoot accurately in order to do its job. An important argument as to the best way to move cannon has been, and still is, the argument of towed versus self-propelled artillery. The purpose of this paper is to chronicle and analyze this argument in the U.S. Army prior to 1955. The analysis shows that, of the many reasons cited in the argument, only self-propelled artillerys advantage of rapid occupation of position and its disadvantage of heavy weight were significant reasons. The paper concludes that by 1955 there was not a preponderance of opinion for either mode exclusively, which was quite proper, as there were many improvements to be made to both forms of artillery transport.
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