The branch of an army responsible for cannon and the personnel to operate them. Also the barrels, carriages, limbers, side-arms and ammunition used by the artillery. See also cannon, gun, howitzer, mortar, ordnance.
All classes of armament. The common classification of all types of weapon with the characteristic of having large caliber and high potency such as cannons, mortars and obuses. Strictly, all types of cannons and heavy weapons with muzzles. These were placed in batteries in the forts.
Large-caliber weapons, such as mortars, cannons, howitzers, missile and rocket launchers, that are designed to fire indirectly at targets spotted by other forces, such as armored vehicles, infantry, and buildings. See Armored Fighting Vehicles, Armored Personnel Carrier, Mortar.