Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Re: Oxen, Carts, and Guns
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The most well thumbed book in my library beside the King James version is the FIELD SERVICE POCKET BOOK 1914, a little treasure trove of useful information published by the War Office in 1914. It contains such things as the recipe for Irish stew cooked over a camp fire, a Table of Time, Men and Tools for the execution of field works, how many lbs there are in a muld of whole mealies, the approximate range of Danish field artillery, the length of a Siamese Niw unit of measurement, the amount of baggage allowed a warrant officer in the mountain artillery in both summer and winter, and, oh, yes, oxen, known in the British army as transport cattle.

A Bullock Cart, Army Type moves at 1.5 mph, with short halts
A pack bullock moves at 2 mph
A motor lorry moves at 6 mph

Regarding Transport Cattle, the Handbook advises that they move faster at night and one should avoid marching them during the hottest part of the day, it suggests between 4 and 9 pm is the best time to use them. They should not be pushed beyond their normal steady walking pace. They should not march more than four hours at a stretch. The must have four to six hours daily to graze and ruminate. They should be fed at night as well as during the day. They must be given plenty of water. Ticks should be removed after grazing and precautions must be taken to make sure the yokes fit properly as injuries caused by rubbing are slow to heal. Sores can be treated by rubbing them with tar.

All these tips are derived from British experience in India.

p. 209. How to shoot a horse.
Lift up forelock and place it under brow band. Place muzzle of revolver almost touching the skin where the lowest hair of the forelock grow.

dg

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