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New Zealand's artillery history began long before there was a Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery. The British used artillery in early colonial days, and Maori use of artillery was hampered by their hit-and-run style of fighting. Although New Zealand's guns have not been deployed in combat since the Vietnam War, her gunners maintain professional standards and have seen postings worldwide. Their personal experiences can be found in the Tales from the Trails section. There have been over forty artillery regiments in New Zealand and hundreds of batteries, groups and cadres. Information on individual NZ artillery units can be found in the Units section. Wherever possible, comment has been solicited from people who were present when the events being described occurred.

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Terminology and Nomenclature

The Gun (development of artillery) SBML 18-pr
The Armstrong Gun Skoda 75-mm mountain gun
The Mortar BL 6-in 26-cwt howitzer
The Carronade BL 5.5-in
Disappearing Guns QF 12-pr
The Story of the 25 Pounder QF 4.5-in howitzer
The Light Gun v. the 25 Pounder QF 3.7-in howitzer
The L5 Pack Howitzer QF 3.7-in anti-aircraft gun
Mistral air defence missile QF 40-mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun
Screw gun RBL 9-pr
Shrapnel Armstrong RBL 6-pr
Guns around New Zealand Armstrong RBL 40-pr
RML 64-pr 71-cwt Rangihaeata's Cannon
Queen Elizabeth's Pocket Pistol Artillery pieces from the first fleet
7.7-cm FK 16 Breech mechanisms
Gun Rule Muzzle brakes
The Cust Guns The Broad Arrow
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New Zealand Artillery Chronology The Mystery of the Origin of the Stonk
Index of NZ artillery units Development of Artillery Techniques by 2 NZ Divisional Artillery in World War 2

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The New Zealand Permanent Force
NZ Artillery of the South African War
NZ Artillery before WW1
NZ Artillery of World War 1
NZ Artillery between the World Wars
NZ Artillery of World War 2
NZ Artillery of WW2 in the Pacific
NZ Artillery between WW2 and the Korean War
Korean War
NZ Artillery between the Korean and Vietnam Wars
Vietnam War
NZ Artillery in the post-Vietnam Era
Chronology of the NZ Military Forces 1840-1896
The Battle of Rangiriri, 1863
The Defence of NZ, 1896
1885 Report to Parliament on NZ Harbour Defences
Artillery in Auckland 1860-1937 NZ Regiment of Volunteer Artillery
Artillery in the Waikato History of 5 Field Regiment
Artillery in Napier History of 6 Field Regiment
Early artillery in Wellington 9 Coast Regiment at Fort Takapuna
Artillery in Canterbury and Nelson 1860-1937 History of 14 NZ LAA Regt NZA
World War 2 Air Defence of Auckland NZ Permanent Force Old Comrades' Association
Coastal artillery of World War 2 Boot and Saddle
Coast Artillery Defences Defensive Fire Tasks in the Korean War
Army Launches 1930s-1950s NZ Artillery Tac Signs
Soldiers Navy Guns around New Zealand
Artillery Badges of New Zealand The RNZA Cap Badge
The 161 Battery Panther How the RNZA lost their collar badges
The 163 Battery Crest 161 Battery and the town of Raglan
36 Survey Battery in the Sangro-Orsogno Rangihaeata's Cannon
Artillery pieces from the first fleet 46 Battery's Premature
News report - Third Echelon Parades RNZA Directorate
Dedication of L5, Titahi Bay, 1998 Dedication of 5.5in gun, Hamilton, 2006
Steve Weir, Biography and Analysis Return to top
Gunners' Day
Origin of the red, blue and gold
Right of the Line
The Legend of St Barbara
Properties, Office and Duties of a Gunner
17th Century Gun Drill
'Son of a Gun' Return to top

The Master Gunner
The Master Gunner, St James' Park
Regimental Sergeant Major
Colonel Commandant
Duties in a Gun Detachment
Driver Return to top

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