Professional Papers of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Occasional Papers Volume 9

Professional Papers of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Occasional Papers Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...with considerable freedom on their borders. General Remarks On The Defence.--From the description of the o2 ground it will be seen that the position is one of great natural strength and well adapted for defence. The works constructed by the Egyptians consisted chiefly of heavy and carefully built earthern batteries, the largest containing twentyone, and the smallest three, guns, connected with each other by shelter trenches or musketry parapets, and the majority being fronted by wet ditches. There were emplacements for 100 guns (in eighteen batteries and seven epaulments) in the whole position, ninety-eight being embrasures for Krupp field guns and of the remaining two, one being for a 7-in. M.L.R. Armstrong gun, the other for a 15-centimetre Krupp gun, both of these being mounted in the large battery (No. VI.) facing our position at Ramleh. The parapets vary in thickness from 25 to 40 feet. In the gun batteries the crest averages 7 feet above terreplein; the guns are from 20 to 40 feet apart; there are no banquettes for musketry, but several of the batteries have covered ways in front. In most of the works there is a great want of splinter-proof traverses; in some cases there are as many as five guns in line without any traverses between them. Magazines are provided in traverses at the rate of abont one for three guns, except in five of the outlying batteries of the first position, where there was no accommodation, and the guns would have been entirely dependent on their limbers and ammunition carts. Details of a magazine in a traverse are shown in PI. III. They are all of similar construction with about four feet of earth protection, but only about half of them were provided with doors, and these of very light timber (-inch). The gun platforms, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618955
  • 9781236618955