- Author: John Davidson
- Publisher: Service Publications
- 24 Pages
- 21 Pictures(black and white)
Another addition to the Weapons of War series from Service Publications is the The 155-mm Howitzers in Canadian Service. This book follows the same format, being soft covered, 24 pages, and in 10” by 7” format. The text is clear, well printed, with sharp black and white images.
The 155-mm Howitzers in Canadian Service describes the state of the Canadian Artillery at the end of the Second World War, going on to explaining the organization and equipment. The book then gives a breakdown of the re-organization of Canadian artillery units and modernization of artillery equipment, with focus on the 155mm Howitzer. The book does a good job of describing the how the re-organization of artillery units in Canada affected the need to for the 155mm howitzer, and how Canadian involvement helped with the development of the mechanics of this howitzer.
The book includes how the Canadian Armed Forces made use of the 155mm Howitzer through being a towed gun to a self-propelled gun on the M109, and back to a towed gun again. The images included in the book show the progression of development of the 155mm through its life in Canadian Artillery units from the end of World War 2, through the deployments with NATO in Europe up to the deployments in Afghanistan.
For artillery fans this is a good book describing how artillery has changed over time, and the use of the 155mm by the Canadian Forces. While I did find the book dealt more with the organization of artillery units and logistical requirements, it does contain some good information of the development of the 155mm howitzer in Canada. I would recommend this book as a good reference for artillery development and use post World War 2.