Short Notes on Field Batteries

Short Notes on Field Batteries

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...the possible value of jockets in the field. Lastly, they were successfully used at the Eiver Plate and against the French boats on the iis may be added that the French used rockets at success against the Russians in the battle Tchernaya; in fact, one rocket fired from robert's redoubt on Inkermann heights fell into A the centre of a Russian column in the plain on the northside of the river, completely breaking and scattering it in all directions. The range on this occasion appears to havebeen nearly two miles. The English artillery used to fire rockets into the Karabelnia suburbs with some pomp and circumstance; but as these suburbs were ruined, and nearly entirely empty, the chief benefit appears to have been the instruction or diversion of" the spectators during the weary afternoons in the trenches. LIGHT BALLS. Though light balls form no part of any field batteryequipment a few words on them may not be out of place, as they might be fired in the field. For full description, vide Treatise on Ammunition, Part I., by Captain V. D. Majendie, E. A. Ground light tails are made for the 5J" and 4 "' mortars, and might be thrown at high angles from the 24 and 12-pr. howitzers, if necessary. A ground light ball, consists of a mass of composition enclosed in a framework formed by two iron bands with a cup at the base, covered.with canvas and fuzed and primed at four places. To fire them tear the kit plasters off the primer at. Consisting of saltpetre, sulphur, rosin, and linseed oil..each vent, and pull the match so as to hang loose. Load with the cup-end next the charge and vents to the front. They will only bear a small charge and turn over in the air-carrying badly. A parachute light ball of General Boxer's construction exists of...
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  • English
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  • 9781236579812