Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars by Kevin F. Kiley

By Kevin F. Kiley

Napoleon used to be an artilleryman prior to he used to be an emperor. He understood the facility and effectiveness of cannon and their skill to pulverize defenses, lessen fortresses, and wreck assaults. And in go back, the weapons received Napoleon battles. via specific battles intimately, Kevin Kiley indicates simply how the powerful employment of artillery might tip the scales of victory. Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars unearths a lot at the technical facets of gunnery throughout the period--how weapons have been put, their variety, what calibers have been most popular, how artillery operated. Kiley additionally seems at the various personalities concerned and the adaptation among gunnery and mediocre artillery. Illustrated with attractive line drawings and infrequent modern plates, this precise publication finds a complete new measurement of the Napoleonic interval. in keeping with years of study into rules of the interval, eyewitness money owed of artillerymen, and fabric culled from professional studies, this can be a definitive account.

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In the Philippines campaign, on the other hand, five-gun batteries were employed. One gun fired for registration on one target, while the other four were firing for effect on another. In the Imphal campaign, Japanese intentions to attack could be gauged rather accurately by the nature and volume of their artillery fire. Ordinarily 20 to 40 rounds were fired for registration from a total of two medium and one mountain artillery regiment. Duration of registration fire was from 15 to 45 minutes, and the rate of fire was very slow.

Tactical Employment ------------------------FIRING CHARACTERISTICS Length of Tube -.... ----Maximum Range .. 8 ft. ; 24 calibers. a....... - ------.. ----------------------Rate of Fire: Maximum -.......................... -........... ---......... - . 1,790 f/s. Charge 1: Charge 2: Charge 3: Charge 4: ° 45. ° -5 . ° 20 right, 11,772 yards. 8,502 yards. 6,322 yards. 5,123 yards. ] left. 6-8 rpm. 2 rpm. 50-60 rph. HE, APHE, pointed, shrapnel, data, see fig. 8i).

Type of Breechblock ..... Type of Firing Mechanism ..................... 75-mm gun, Model 38 (1905) improved. A modification of one of the 1905 series or Japanese guns providing it with greater flexibility. 1. Modified boxtrail. 2. Long cradle flush with muzzle of piece. 3. Marking on breech face. Division artillery. 7 ft. 6 in. 31 calibers. HE Shell 1,640 f /s. 8 f /s. HE Shell 8,938 yards. Pointed Shell 13,080 yards. ° 43 . ° 8. ° ° 3 30' right, 3 30' left 15 rpm. 4 rpm. 100-120rph. HE, APHE, shrapnel, pointed, incendiary, smoke, illuminating.

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