Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Re: French Artillery Commanders and Tactica *LINK*

To take one starting point, some of the issues were discussed by Du Puget who wrote the following (published 1771):

XII.
Pour que l'Artillerie ait un effet décisif dans une affaire, il faut que les Batteries soient fortes & qu'elles se protègent réciproquement.

J'ai dit un effet décisis, cela n'exclut pas l'avantage des Batteries plus foibles & plus éloignées les unes des autres, c'est le meilleur que je propose sans rejetter le bon. Les circonstances déterminent d'ailleurs entre le plus & le moins : mais autant qu'il est possible il faut s'en tenir à la maxime qu'on ne peut nier.

XIII.
Ne tirez jamais en salve, mais un coup après l'autre, de façon que votre feu fait continuel.

Par Le Moyen de ce feu non interrompu, l'Ennemi n'a ni repos, ni le tems de se reconnoître.

XIV.
Il est dangereux de faire voir ses Batteries longtems avant, le montent de les employer.

Quand on place ses Batteries trop tôt & trop à découvert, un Ennemi intelligent leur en peut opposer de plus fortes qui les détruisent promptement, après quoi il exécute aisément ses projets.

From pages 42 & 43 of "Essai sur l'usage de l'artillerie" by "un officier du corps" [Edme Jean A. Du Puget] published 1771.

So, to have an effect one needs to have larger batteries, they should fire continuously and not in salvos yet they should not be formed too early in the action as that allows the enemy to react. - R

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