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Posted By: Pete on: 12/15/2004 19:06:45 EDT|
Subject: RE: Re.: Kennesaw Mtn Sig Sta Being Saved
These instances of Signal Corps guys acting as forward observers interest me, mainly because I used to be an artilleryman. I don't believe the signal guys were taught to do it in schools--I think it was an innovation at the local level to get the war over with.
From before the Civil War until WW I artillery was mostly a direct fire weapon: Since you could see the target, the battery commander usually commanded the fire mission.
About the time of WW II, howitzers with long range, where you can't see the target, became the norm. That's when the forward observer, like the signal guys of long ago, became a part of our army, saying "add/drop, left/right," etc.