Austrian Napoleonic Artillery,
1792 to 1815
Artwork by Brian
I'm not sure how well trained the artillerymen of most nations
were during the Napoleonic Wars, but one thing is for certain
and that is that they'd have to be pretty good to better the Austrians.
artillery corporals and non-commissioned officers spent up to
seven years studying their craft and learnt advanced maths, geometry,
mechanics and ballistics.
in the study of topography, siege warfare, tactics and logistics
- plus actually handling and firing their cannon - they seemed
superbly ready for their military tasks.
is just one of many new things I learned about the Austrians in
Austrian Napoleonic Artillery 1792 to 1815 by David Hollins.
was Vienna's Kavalry guns, which differed from other nations'
forces in that they were there to go forward with the cavalry
but not actually fight besides them. Instead their highly mobile
cannons were used as forward support or defensive platforms if
the horsemen were either attacking or covering a retreat.
main subjects covered are within two main chapters - Organisation
& Operations and Equipment - and then they look at various
sub categories such as training, personnel, the very successful
Lichtenstein system for artillery, gun manufacture, ammunition
and many more. Panels offer good details on Austrians weights
and measures, elevation, weapon size, gun wagon contents, effective
ranges and crew sizes.
Napoleonic Artillery 1792 to 1815 contains eight fine colour
plates from Brian Delf that go into excellent detail about cannons
and equipment such as the 6-pounder kavalry gun, a 6-pounder field
gun, a 12-pounder siege gun and a nice representation of kavalry
read a lot of Osprey's Napoleonic titles I would have to rate
this volume as one of the best published as it opens the doors
on a very professional branch of the Austrian army.
has packed a huge amount of information into his book, which is
highly recommended for those needing to know about Austrian artillery.
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