British Napoleonic Artillery 1793-1815 (1): Field Artillery by Chris Henry

By Chris Henry

This name is the 1st of 2 volumes studying the artillery gear of the British forces throughout the progressive and Napoleonic Wars, in addition to Wellington's campaigns in India. all through this era the British military used either Foot and Horse artillery, mostly utilizing both the 9-pounder gun or the 5.5 inch box howitzer within the box. additionally lined are the smaller box weapons within the three- and 6-pounder different types and the biggest, the 12-pounder box gun. This identify covers the layout and improvement of the weapons, the service provider of the troops and their operational histories.

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This was seldom successful, but VC sympathizers in the Strike Force were sometimes more effective. When an attack was suspected the perimeter guard was increased and a heightened state of alert maintained. When the attack was initiated or detected by sentries virtually all perimeter weapons opened fire, even if no movement was detected in their sectors. This was in case supporting attacks or infiltrators were elsewhere in the wire. Designated mortars began firing illumination all around the perimeter.

One company was assigned to each of the four walls. The inner perimeter was six-sided and surrounded by a concertina wirefronted low berm. There were machine gun or fighting bunkers at each corner, but no trench line. The inner berm was revetted on the inside and served only as a wall from which to fire from behind, but with no rear protection. Six woodframe, corrugated metal-roofed buildings were inside the inner perimeter, each Battle for Loc Ninh, October 29 to November 3, 1967. Key: A. USSF team house.

They were usually semi-sunk, although some were positioned above ground for the reasons noted above or to obtain a better spread of fire by mounting the weapon higher. There was usually only one firing port per machine gun; seldom were alternate ports provided. Most bunkers mounted a single machine gun, but two or three might be mounted in large corner bunkers to cover multiple sectors of fire. An attached sleeping compartment might be connected to or be part of the bunker. Often a guard post was built atop the bunker, comprising a low sandbag wall with a corrugated steel roof on posts for sun protection.

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