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Probably no single thing has more profoundly influenced the history of nations and the affairs of men over the last 600 years than the history of the gun.

Much has been written about the wars fought during that period and of the important part played by the artillery. While regimental and campaign histories extol the exploits of the Gunners involved, they say comparatively little about the nature, origin, and development of the guns they served. This paper will attempt briefly to redress the balance.

WL Ruffell, September 1992

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