You will never see a war movie or read a war book about the artillery, however it is one of the most important elements of combat power. It has been the decisive element in a thousand battles. Stalin called it "the God of War". I believe I can say without fear of contradiction that the U.S. Field and Anti-Aircraft artillery are without parallel in the world, both in power and technique. The tube and rocket artillery can put fire on an enemy at any time of the day or night and in any weather. I am not a redleg ( artllleryman), but to see a battery of 155s put a fire-for-effect on a target is an awe inspiring sight. In WWI long range guns could hit targets 2 or 3 miles away. Today the Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) can strike targets dozens of miles deep. A critically important branch, but they get no glory and it is a branch about which outsiders know almost nothing.