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Artillery in the Desert, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 6, November 1942
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This section on the tactical employment of artillery in the North African campaigns is influenced by two considerations: a. The Task-Force Principle. The development of the task-force principle underlines the importance of the coordinated tactical action of all arms. Therefore, while the main focus here is on artillery action, this will always be referred to the general operations in which artillery plays its part.

b. Special Conditions of Desert Warfare. The terrain and climate of this theater have imposed certain limitations and set certain problems, some of which involve or affect the use of artillery.

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