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Clash of the Gods of War

Australian Artillery and the Firepower Lessons of the Great War

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Authors: William Westerman, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Floyd
09/Mar/2020
Australian Artillery, WWI
624
Hardback
153mm x 230mm
9781922265821
$34.99

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“Every gunner officer and all those interested in the role of Australian artillery in this conflict should find this book of singular importance.”Michael O’Brien

The Great War confronted Australia’s fledgling field and garrison artillery forces with a seemingly insurmountable challenge: to rapidly raise, prepare, deploy and engage in history’s most lethal war to date.

By 1915, the Australian artillery entered into a bloody contest of learning and adaptation against resourceful and resolute opponents, where the stakes would be measured in thousands of soldiers’ lives.

Far from popularly-held views of the Great War as one of stalemate and stagnation, Clash of the Gods of War: Australian Artillery and the Firepower Lessons of the Great War reveals a dynamic and rapidly evolving battle-scape, as artillery planners on each side sought to combine innovative concepts, technology and tactics into victory.

The book draws on an unparalleled array of perspectives on artillery and firepower, presented by Australian and international experts and practitioners over four years during the Firepower: Lessons from the Great War seminar series, commemorating the Centenary of Anzac.

From Anzac Cove to the Hindenburg Line, Clash of the Gods of War tells a gripping Australian story of the Great War through the lens of artillery – the most lethal and influential arm of the war – and considers the legacy that its evolutionary journey holds for warfare today.

William Westerman

William Westerman

William Westerman completed his PhD at UNSW Canberra. His thesis, Soldiers and Gentlemen: Australian Battalion Commanders in the Great War, 1914-1918, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. He has worked at Monash University and as an ANU Teaching Fellow at the Australian Command and Staff College, Canberra. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Canberra and a […]

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Lieutenant Colonel Nick Floyd

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Floyd

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Floyd has over 30 years’ regular service with the Royal Australian Artillery in gun regiments, instructional institutions, Army and Defence Headquarters, and has served on warlike operations in Iraq (2005, 2017) and Afghanistan (2010). As a Director of the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company, he convened the Firepower: Lessons from the Great […]

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6 reviews for Clash of the Gods of War

  1. Too few of the recent accounts of the Great War place gunnery in its correct perspective. This book redresses this imbalance and traces the increasing power and importance of artillery development well

  2. This book results from a lingering dissatisfaction with the history of Australian artillery, especially in the First World War (or perhaps a lack of understanding of it by recent generations of soldiers). It led to a seminar series (Firepower: Lessons from the Great War, available in full at: https://cove.army.gov.au/article/firepower-lessons-the-great-war) and to the consolidated papers in this volume. The authors are a satisfying mix of professional gunners and historians.

  3. Every gunner officer and all those interested in the role of Australian artillery in this conflict should find this book of singular importance.

  4. (verified owner)

    Overall, the collection, which includes numerous previously unpublished Great War images, aims to showcase the breadth and diversity of topics in relation to the deployment of artillery and how Australia’s fledgling and inexperienced field and garrison artillery forces faced the challenge of a major conflict.
    Full Review here https://militarybooksaustralia.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/the-clash-of-the-gods-of-war-australian-artillery-in-the-great-war/

  5. (verified owner)

    There is a stellar cast of contributors to this book which is an edited collection of papers presented during the Firepower: Lessons from the Great War seminar series conducted by the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company (RAAHC) [click the link for more information] – over the commemoration period 2014-2018.
    Among the familiar names are Jean Beau, Roger Lee and Mark Lax, to name just a few..

  6. The excellent photographs that are included have many from the Artillery Historical Company’s collection – a great resource.

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