British Napoleonic Artillery,
1793-1815 (volume 2)
Artwork by Brian Delf
the threat of an invasion from Britain boosted its shore defences
with forts and gun emplacements. The main weapons within the defences
were large calibre cannons that were difficult to move and so
relied upon expert placement to be most effective.
same massive guns were also used to conduct siege warfare and
in attempts to break down the walls of enemy fortifications.
British Napoleonic Artillery 2, 1793-1815 author Chris
Henry takes an in-depth look at the heavy calibre guns - iron
or bronze weapons usually 24-pounders or heavier - and mortars
used away from battlefields.
He describes in fascinating detail the process of proofing the
guns and their shells, as well as explaining how howitzers and
mortars worked. Other key areas within his description of the
equipment types and their organisation include transportation,
training for the crews and coastal defences.
Henry turns his attention to how the guns were used in action
and how siege warfare was conducted.
addition there is a glossary of artillery terms.
in the first volume of this important look at British artillery,
Henry has teamed with artist Brian Delf who has produced some
terrific colour paintings of the crews in action and gun emplacements.
it should be noted that some of the black-and-white illustrations
are excellent and show how guns barrels were moulded and bored,
and how the artillery pieces in Martello Towers were rotated upon
pivot mounts and metal tracks.
Napoleonic Artillery 2, 1793-1815 is yet another very informative
work from Chris Henry on Britain's heavy weapons.