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believe the world consist of two types of people; other Artillerymen and
"There is NO job in the Field
Artillery for the weak, the timid or the indecisive."
"Artillery adds dignity, to what
would otherwise be an ugly brawl"
"Gunners will always fight
together, drink together, laugh together, and morn together."
A Toast to the Guns
By them we live,
For them we would die.
Whatever the Mission,
We'll give it a try.
We'll serve them with Honor
For they are the ones;
That make us Artillerymen,
So here's to the Guns:
TO THE GUNS!!
"You can't describe the moral lift,
when in the fight your spirits weary
hears above the hostile fire,
Your own artillery.
Shells score the air like wavy hair
from a forward battery.
As regimental cannon crack
While from positions further back,
in bitter sweet song overhead
Division's pounding joins the attack;
Mother like she belches shell;
Glorious it flies, and well,
As, with a hissing screaming squall,
A roaring furnace, giving all,
she sears a path for the infantry...."
- Aleksandr Tvardovskiy, from the poem "Vasily Tyorkin" 1943
"St Barbara of the Artillery Corp,
Be at the bursting of the doors of doom,
And in the dark deliver us,
Irish field Artillery poem
Cannon to the right of them, Cannon
to the left of them, Cannon in front of them, Volley'ed and thundered.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Ultima ratio regum. (The final
argument of kings)
- Inscription on french cannons, on order of Louis XIV
"The artillery was my strongest
tool. Often it was my only reserve .... I repeatedly said it was more a matter
of the infantry supporting the artillery than the artillery supporting the
infantry.... I wish I knew the countless times that positions were taken or held
due solely to TOT's ...."
Major General R. 0. Barton
Commanding US 4th Infantry Division World War II
(Reminiscing with his division artillery commander)
CANNON, n. An instrument employed
in the rectification of national boundaries.
- Ambrose Bierce
"The thanks of the infantry, in my
opinion, must be treasured more by every artilleryman than all decorations and
- Colonel Georg Bruchmuller,
Imperial German Army Artillery Officer and Father of Modern Fire Support
"If you don't have enough
-General Richard Cavasos
The speed, accuracy and devastating power of American Artillery won confidence
and admiration from the troops it supported and inspired fear and respect in
Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower
Do not forget your dogs of war, your big guns, which are the most-to- be
respected arguments of the rights of kings.
Frederick the Great
Artillery conquers and infantry occupies.
Guns will make us powerful, butter will only make us fat.
"Too much praise cannot be bestowed on those who managed my
- General Andrew Jackson after the Battle of New Orleans, 1815
"The Guns, Thank God, The Guns. . .
- Rudyard Kipling
No one accuses the gunner of maudlin affection for anything
except his beasts and his weapons. He serves as least three jealous gods--his
horse and all its sadlery and harness; his gun, whose least detail of efficiency
is more important than men's lives; and, when these have been attended to, the
never-ending mystery of his art commands him.
In many situations that seemed desperate, the artillery has been a most vital
Gen Douglas MacArthur
"Artillerymen have a love for their guns which is perhaps
the feeling of any soldier for his weapon or any part of his equipment."
Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall
The harder the fighting and the longer the war, the more the infantry, and in
fact all the arms, lean on the gunners.
Field Marshal Montgomery
The first shot is for the Devil, the second for God, and only
the third for the King."
Nothing is more destructive than the charge of artillery on a crowd.
The best generals are those who have served in the artillery.
God fights on the side with the best artillery.
With Artillery, War is made.
"Leave the Artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot. . ."
I do not have to tell you who won the war. You know, the artillery did.
Gen George S. Patton
The World War demonstrated the importance of Field Artillery. The majority of
casualties were inflicted by the arm.
Gen John J. Pershing
"Where a goat can go, a man can go, where a man can go, he can
drag a gun"
- COL William Phillips 1777
"Our artillery . . . The Germans feared it almost more than
anything we had."
- Ernie Pyle "Brave Men", 1944
"If, -after the battle is over, your infantry don't like you,
you are a poor artilleryman."
Captain Henry Reilly The Field Artillery Journal, September-October 1940
A battery of field artillery is worth a thousand muskets.
- General William Tecumseh Sherman
"There is no other arm of the service whose efficiency is so
directly dependent upon its officers as is the field artillery."
Major General William J. Snow
Letter in "The Shrapnel-1924"
The Field Artillery School 1 March 1924
Artillery is the god of war.
The work for giants...to serve well the guns!
Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance
on the battlefield.