Mahan on Artillery Tactics, Part 5: Artillery Supporting the Attack

We’ve discussed at length that Mahan felt artillery was the “principal part” of the defense. But on the offense, did the artillery play a minor role? Not according to Mahan. We sometimes misconstrue the notions about supporting roles to be of lesser importance, or perhaps inconsequential. Mahan felt the artillery’s support was vital to stagingContinue reading “Mahan on Artillery Tactics, Part 5: Artillery Supporting the Attack”

Mahan on Artillery Tactics, Part 4: More on the Defense

Let us continue the discussion of artillery as used on the defense, according to Mahan. And we again turn to Chapter II, verse 151….. Those positions for batteries should be avoided from which the shot must pass over other troops, to attain the enemy. And those should be sought for from which a fire canContinue reading “Mahan on Artillery Tactics, Part 4: More on the Defense”

Mahan on Artillery Tactics, Part 3: In Defense, artillery is the “principal part”

I started the examination of Dennis H. Mahan and artillery tactics earlier this year with an introduction and a word about the “place” of artillery. That latter referring to what artillery was supposed to do on the battlefield… not the physical place. Now resuming that conversation, let’s move from the somewhat theoretical side into howContinue reading “Mahan on Artillery Tactics, Part 3: In Defense, artillery is the “principal part””