The Irish Artillery Corps Since 1922
The story of the artillery used by the armed forces of the Republic of Ireland (Eire), from independence to the present day. Following on from the author’s acclaimed book on AFVs in Irish service, this new book covers the operations and equipment of all the artillery units in the Irish armed forces. From the early days of Independence and civil war to modern-day peace keeping, from coastal artillery to light mortars, all the units and their equipment are described and illustrated.
Profusely illustrated with photos, and scale plans.
Essential reading for all military historians and artillery enthusiasts!
Nie będę się wygłupiał i udawał eksperta od irlandzkiej artylerii, bo nim nie jestem. W Polsce prędzej znajdziemy specjalistów od irlandzkiego piwa czy płynów na myszach pędzonych, niż osobnika wyznającego się na armatach z koniczynką. W pewnym sensie zatem książka ta trafiła w odpowiednie ręce, kogoś kto będzie się mógł czegoś z niej dowiedzieć.
Artillery During the Civil War (1922)
Names of guns
Gunner Magee and the Magee Trophy
The Raikes Range
The Emergency (1939–1945)
Current Field Artillery Organisation
Artillery in United Nations Operations
Artillery Unit Name and Numbering Conventions
Field Artillery Brigades, Battalions, Regiments and
Air Defence Artillery
Coast Artillery Forts
Appendix 1: Irish Artillery Corps Insignia
Appendix 2: Artillery Service Dates by Type
Appendix 3: Surviving Guns
Appendix 4: Surviving Gun Towers
Appendix 5: Irish Artillery Barracks
Wzorcowa, tradycyjna dla Wydawnictwa Stratus. Naprawdę nie ma się do czego przyczepić.
Planów modelarskich i profili barwnych w książce nie ma, co nie oznacza że modelarze z tej publikacji nie skorzystają. Zawiera ona mnóstwo zdjęć z epoki, jak i współczesnych, pozwalając na zapoznanie się nie tylko ze sprzętem, ale także ze specyfiką zadań artylerzystów oraz ich umundurowaniem. To tylko pozornie oderwane od modelarstwa, bo znajomość zasad rozstawienia obsługi wokół działa jest ABC każdego, kto chce zrobić dioramę z działem rozstawionym na pozycji.
To świetna publikacja, zawierająca masę dobrze napisanego tekstu, mnóstwo zdjęć czarno-białych (z epoki) i kolorowych (współczesnych), dane taktyczno-techniczne uzbrojenia, informacje o ciągnikach artyleryjskich, detale umundurowania, daty eksploatacji sprzętu oraz lista zachowanych egzemplarzy muzealnych. To wszystko składa się na doskonałe opracowanie monograficzne i chciałoby się takich więcej.
Oczywiście to nie jest książka dla każdego. To pozycja raczej dla tych modelarzy, dla których modele są uzupełnieniem oraz ilustracją wiedzy historycznej. Mogą też po nią sięgnąć ci wszyscy, którym znudziły się standardowe malowania brytyjskie i chcieliby w ramach urozmaicenia spróbować czegoś innego.
Książkę do recenzji udostępniło Wydawnictwo Stratus.
By Ray Mehlberger
Latest volume in the popular Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) “Green Series” tells the story of the artillery used by the armed forces of the Republic of Ireland (Eire), from independence to the present day. Following on from the author’s acclaimed book on AFV’s in Irish service, this new book covers the operations and equipment of all the artillery units in the Irish armed forces. As with the AFV’s in Irish service, a wide variety of weapons was used, starting with hand-me-downs from the departing British forces and in later years guns and mortars from several nations.
From the early days of Independence and civil war to modern-day peace keeping, from coastal artillery to light mortars, all units and their equipment are described and illustrated. Massive coastal artillery, classic British 18- and 25 pounders, and much more, all covered with photos, line drawings, and the full history of their use in Ireland.
The book is soft-cover and 216 pages in 8 ¼” x 11 5/8” page format.
Mushroom Model Publications is based in the UK. They have all their books printed in Sandomierz Poland by their associate Stratus in English. Stratus also does their own line of books in both English and Polish. This new book came directly from Stratus heavily wrapped in layers of cardboard and some bubble wrap to protect it in the mail.
The book contains no less than 232 black and white photos of Irish Artillery Corps equipment. Added to this are 148 more color photos. Most of these color shots are of weapons that are restored and on display at various locations. A few are of vehicles.
There are line drawings of the French 75, 18 pounder (2 drawings), 3.7 in mountain howitzer, a AnL118 light gun, 4.5 in howitzer, 60 pounder, 2 pounder, 6 pounder, 17 pounder and a 6 in coastal defense gun.
There are 34 full color illustrations of Irish Artillery Corps shoulder insignias and a color illustration of the Artillery Corps logo.
This book is an excellent companion volume to “AFV’s in Irish Service Since 1922”. The cover art for this book is shown on the back cover of this book.
This book is essential reading for all military historians, artillery enthusiasts and modelers.
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
The birth of the Irish Republic that we know today began in 1916. The leadership and members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (forerunners of the Irish Republican Army) decided that the British parliament had delayed Irish home rule long enough. It was time for action. On Easter weekend in 1916 a group of approximately 1,600 armed rebels seized key locations in Dublin and proclaimed separation from Britain and established the Irish Republic. From the steps of the General Post Office a proclamation was read that announced the birth of a sovereign, self-determined Irish Republic. The proclamation established a legislature, a government, a court system, and a police force. At the same time, the Irish Volunteers, a military organization established in 1913 by Irish nationalists, became known as the Irish Republican Army (IRA). For the next three years the IRA targeted the British forces in Ireland with deadly guerrilla strikes. On January 21, 1919, a bloody incident occurred that precipitated what became known as the Irish War of Independence. This short war ended with the Anglo-Irish Treaty covering 26 of the 32 Irish counties. It was signed on December 6, 1921, and approved by the Irish parliament on January 7, 1922. The subject of this book review, The Irish Artillery Corps Since 1922, begins at this point.
"The birth of what is now the Irish Artillery Corps can be traced to Tuesday evening, 27 June 1922, when a group of four National Army officers from Beggar's Bush Barracks in Dublin arrived at the British-held Marlborough Barracks…to collect two 18-pdr field guns and ammunition." Thus begins the latest volume in Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) Green Series, The Irish Artillery Corps Since 1922. The author, Ralph A. Riccio, chronicles a wonderfully illustrated history of the Irish Republic's artillery corps from its beginnings in 1922 to the present day. The author covers the operations and equipment of the corps from their first 18-pdrs used in the troublesome early days of Independence to the modern weapons used in today's peacekeeping operations in Chad.
The reader will find a chapter on artillery unit names and numbering conventions – a necessary ingredient to understanding any artillery corps. There are chapters on air defense and coastal artillery. The chapter on artillery equipment covers nomenclature and detail descriptions of every piece of artillery used, with line drawings of the piece and tables of specifications. A book on artillery would not be complete without a discussion on the ways and means of moving the piece. The author again has provided detail descriptions of the trucks and other equipment that tow the guns. Each chapter is profusely illustrated with period black & white photographs as well as recent color pictures. There are approximately 380 photographs total. Line drawings, tables, and equipment specifications accompany these.
Anyone interested in the study of military history or an artillery enthusiast will find this book to be extremely useful. Due to the details found in the photographs and drawings, the modeler will also find this book to be very helpful.
My sincere thanks goes to Mushroom Model Publications for providing this wonderful book to IPMS/USA and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.
By Chris Banyai-Riepl
Mushroom Model Publications have been focusing on the Irish lately, with a book on Irish AFVs. This latest title continues that coverage, this time taking a look at artillery since 1922. The time covers the Civil War in 1922 all the way to current day, and covers all types of artillery pieces. Throughout the book there are copious photos and drawings, which, when coupled with the text, makes for what is easily the most complete reference on Irish artillery in print.
The book is divided up into several logical sections. Of course the book begins with Irish artillery in the Civil War, but after that comes the type breakdown. First up is field artillery, followed by UN operations and unit name and numbering conventions. After that are sections on air defense artillery, coastal artillery, and prime movers. A separate chapter documents the specific artillery equipment.
With the text enjoyable to read and quite informative, it is easy to overlook the visual materials in this book. But to do so would be to miss some good stuff, as the photos are quite impressive. There are both color and black and white photos, and a separate appendix that provides unit patches and emblems. In addition to the photos, there are a handful of drawings of various artillery pieces. All together, this is definitely a solid reference for Irish artillery.
For those interested in armor subjects a bit off the beaten path, the growing series on the Irish military by MMP is definitely worth checking out.
This is a follow on from the author's acclaimed book on AFV's in Irish Service Since 1922. That book was reviewed by our own Sean Dunnage and can be found here:
http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/reviews/showReview.aspx?ID=1635&Type=BR . While researching the
first book the author discovered many references about the artillery arm of the Republic of Ireland (Eire) and decided that this would be an excellent follow on book.
The book is structured in the following manner:
Artillery during the Civil War (1922)
Artillery in United Nations Operations
Artillery Unit Name and Numbering Conventions
Air Defense Artillery
Learning about the Irish Civil War (June 1922 - May 1923) and the role that artillery played in that conflict of Irishmen vs. Irishmen, really drew me into the book. It is history that I was not aware of and how that history plays out today in the Republic of Ireland.
The majority of equipment used by the Irish Artillery Corps is from the United Kingdom. Sweden and France also contributed weapons as well. A small tidbit of history that I was not familiar with took place during "The Emergency" of 1939 -1945. After the British and French debacle at Dunkirk in June 1940, Germany offered Ireland large quantities of field equipment of captured British equipment, which included 46 field guns. The Irish Government wisely declined the offer. In 1941, the British began supplying Ireland with additional artillery to counter the German offer.
My apologies to the reader for the quality of the photographs in this review. The book is large and thick and it was hard for me to get quality scans from my scanner. The scanned images do not do justice to the actual photographs and drawings in the book. The wealth of photographs in the book are amazing and are of very high quality. Here are a few that caught my eye and made the book interesting:
Page 110: An Irish 4.5 inch howitzer with its original configuration of wood spoke artillery wheels. Note that the Irish crew is wearing the 1926 Vickers Helmet. These Helmets were made on the same machines that created the German 1916 "coal scuttle" helmet. The machines were war reparations from Germany. (Colin Stone)
Pages 188 - 191: Irish Artillery Corps Insignia
Page 42 - As the caption on the above photograph states this is the final 25-pdr shoot in the Irish Army. Photograph from Irish Defense Forces.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading about the different types of artillery used by the Irish Artillery Corps since 1922. A well researched book with equally good text to go with the photographs. I commend the author for his skill in researching a off the beaten path subject and presenting it in an excellent format.
If you are into Artillery and or Irish history, this is an excellent book to have in your research library. Also, for the modeler, this book is a good resource for British artillery. There are many nice shots of equipment that was used by Britain in the 20th century.
I Highly Recommend this book.
I would like to thank Ralph A. Riccio, the author of the book for his kind donation of his book to the AMPS Review Crew.
Amazon.co.uk customer review (1) 2013-01-22
Great Overview 30 Oct 2012
By Seamus Keating
Plenty of information, sources and pictures for anyone who is very interested in Irish artillery. I can see this book becoming very rare quickly!
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