Questions about Firing Now! (Dick Taylor)

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Seroster, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    I was wondering if anyone here has a copy of this book.

    First, what do you think of it overall?
    Second, would the book tell me e.g. the (exact) difference in size between different rounds of 17-pounder ammunition and how that affected stowage requirements?

    Thanks in advance,
    Chris
     
  2. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    Chris

    I'm hopefully meeting Dick on Sunday. I'll ask him if I remember!

    Re your first question, I'm sure his answer will be 'brilliant book'.

    Re your second question,.......let's see!

    Steve

    PS: Dick is a member of the Forum but I don't think he has visited for some time.
     
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  3. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    Nice!

    I have his email address but I don't think it's right to pester authors. Not to mention I would want a reader's perspective.
     
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  4. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Hi Chris
    I do own this book but am away from home until Friday. I’ll check the details out when I get back Fri pm if no one answers before then
    Cheers
    Mark
     
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  5. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    So to answer your first question, I'd recommend the book as a reference for anyone interested in British WW2 armour. It's a dry read as it's heavy on the technical side. Exact dimensions are not given for the 17pdr shells though the cartridge case standard length is given (586mm) and a side by side photographic comparison of the variations of 17pdr shells shows there wasn't a large variance size wise between the types. Not sure if this helps at all.
     
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  6. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    Well, it helps in the sense that I know I need to look elsewhere. Maybe I will ask the author.
     
  7. Alex1975uk

    Alex1975uk Well-Known Member

    Dick Taylor as in ex RTR Dick Taylor ?
     
  8. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    Yeah, he's the author of a whole bunch of armour-related books. I haven't seen him post here lately but he does sometimes post on the missing-lynx scale model forum.
     
  9. Alex1975uk

    Alex1975uk Well-Known Member

    I was in 2 RTR the same time as him. He was 3 RTR originally but in the 2nd after amalgamation in 1992.
    Dick was a gunnery god and was the Regimental Gunnery Officer at some point I’m sure.

    Alex.
     
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  10. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    That's the chap. Absolute Tankie genius - I'm sure he won't mind me saying that.

    Alex: if you were 2RTR, was that at the time Stephen White was the boss?

    Incidentally, the weather and other aspects conspired against us today so Dick and me didn't get to meet after all (reference post #2). :-(
     
  11. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    .

    I'm sure Dick won't mind: it'll give him an excuse to bring out a second Edition.
     
  12. Alex1975uk

    Alex1975uk Well-Known Member

    Mr White was 4 RTR originally I believe ( they amalgamated with 1 RTR and I left before 1 and 2 RTR merged)
    My first CO was Arundal David Leakey, later the black Rod in parliament. His son got the VC with 2 Para(?)
    After that we had Simon Caraffi, then it’s a blur, can’t remember!

    Alex.
     
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  13. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    I ended up meeting Dick today! I asked him the question and his response was that sort of information wasn't part of the general plan for the book. He's now researching another book but it's got nothing to do with ammunition. Watch that space if you like tanks.
     
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  14. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    Thanks, SDP, much appreciated :)
     
  15. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

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  16. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    Hi Tim,

    There is a lot of great information there and thank you for that. I am not sure if it solves the question, though. It does show that the APCBC had a longer projectile, 12.5", but that is something like 317.5mm--it's not the length of the entire round of ammunition.

    Chris
     

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