What is Indirect Fire?

Introduction Indirect fire is aiming and firing a projectile without relying on a direct line of sight between the gun and its target, as in the case of direct fire. Aiming is performed by calculating azimuth and inclination, and may include correcting aim by observing the fall of shot and calculating new angles. Description There… Read More

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What are Combat Arms?

Introduction Combat arms, also known or fighting arms, is a collective name for troops within national armed forces which participate in direct tactical ground combat. In general, they include units that carry or employ a weapon system, such as infantry, cavalry, and artillery units. The use of multiple combat arms in mutually supporting ways is… Read More

Devilish Instrument…

“Blessed be those happy ages that were strangers to the dreadful fury of these devilish instruments of artillery, whose inventor I am satisfied is now in Hell, receiving the reward of his cursed invention, which is the cause that very often a cowardly base hand takes away the life of the bravest gentleman.” Miguel de… Read More

When was the Rocket Born?

“The first rockets were Chinese. In the 1230s the armies of the Song dynasty, who were fighting Mongol invaders, started launching “fire arrows” propelled by gunpowder some 300 metres into enemy lines. When the Song’s artillerymen realised that these arrows continued to fly straight even after their fiery exhaust had burned away their feathers, they removed the fletching and the… Read More