A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War

by

Philip Caputo

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Howitzer Term Analysis

A piece of artillery that is notable for having a barrel, which can sometimes be quite long, that is used to launch projectiles. The howitzer is fired by pulling a lanyard, or a cord. A large howitzer can fire as many as five rounds per minute. It might also have a panoramic telescope to help soldiers sight an enemy target and a fire control quadrant to measure elevation. The cannon is used for long-range targets and is generally lowered when the enemy is close.
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Howitzer Term Timeline in A Rumor of War

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Chapter Nine
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...Corporal Kazmarack. It is a rainy day. Caputo flinches from the sound of an eight-inch howitzer firing a round. Though Caputo knows that the sound is outgoing, the noise is remarkable.... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...that night and knows that he will not get much sleep after midnight, with the howitzers booming all night. (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...base. The counterattack is getting under way. Caputo feels slight excitement when he sees the howitzers, “bouncing on their carriages behind the speeding trucks.” A column of white flame from burning... (full context)