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I came across an interesting free book on artillery in the First World War today. The section on training is especially interesting.
"Before the war, an officer was laughed at for suggesting that a battery carry a thermometer and barometer in the field; even telescopes were not standard equipment, and their use was considered somewhat underhanded. In the very first paragraph of Modern Artillery in the Field Henry Bethell dismissed "theoretical subjects" such as ballistics in favor of "such information as will be of practical use."