Napoleon Series Archive 2003

Biting the cartridge

In some Western books I read that soldiers bit the bullet off the cartridge and then spat it into the barrel.
In the Russian army soldiers bit off the opposite end of the cartridge, and put the bullet and paper into the barrel by the hand.
Did the difference between the European and Russian armies really exist or this is an error in Western books?

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on the benefit of front teeth
on the benefit of front teeth ....in the Cavalry ?
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