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National differences in the position of gun crews?

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Re: National differences in the position of gun crews?

Postby Senarmont198 » January 31st, 2018, 6:44 pm

You're welcome.

Interestingly, artillery crew drill has not changed all that much since ca 1800. The big difference is that the round goes in the other end now and a lanyard is used to pull the trigger. Rammers and sponges are still used in the same way. The round is a 'little' larger-the US 155 HE round weighs about 95 pounds. The rate of fire of two rounds per minute is the same as it was for any field piece less than a field 12-pounder.

Modern self-propelled artillery does have an automatic loader, unlike towed pieces, but the round still has to be placed on the loading tray manually...

Things do progress and change, and then they don't.
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Re: National differences in the position of gun crews?

Postby General Slade » February 4th, 2018, 3:20 pm

I’ve found another contemporary picture, this time from the Augsburg series of uniform plates on the Napoleon Online site, that shows Bavarian artillery following the French practice of having the match and the rammer on the right of the gun:

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