Napoleon Series Archive 2009

A Conundrum...
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Hi Alexander,

Good to see you here. And you undoubtedly know how much I value your study on Russian tactics. It is invaluable.

Just to clarify, on page 62 of volume I it reads 'The military educational establishments in 1800-1808 did not provide any special artillery training. There was a class in the Guard Artillery, where NOOs of the Gaurd Artillery could obtain some theoretical education and practrical skills in artillery firing prior to being promoted to the officers' ranks.' It also reads in the same paragraph that 'The artillerymen were mainly trained in their companies.' This says to me that formal artillery training was almost nonexistent during this period except for one class in the Russian Guard artillery and training was done in the companies.

On page 26, as a precursor to the above, it reads, 'What is surprising, Paul reorganized the Artillery and Engineer Cadet Corps into the Second Cadet Corps, which now gave no special artillery education; its program of education became similar to that of the Land Cadet Corps.' Again, that is stating that formal artillery instruction for officers was done away with.

Either the training was abolished, modified, or changed. What is in Volume I of the book quite clearly states that formal artillery training was abolished by Tsar Paul and wasn't reinstated until 1808. On page 2 of Volume I it reads that 'Langeron also wrote that most oficers were not well educated and trained: there were three cadet corps preparing young men to be officers in the army, but the number of men in these establishments were limited, too small for the army, and the usual way for young nobles to become officers was to enlist in the army as NCOs and wait for commission.' This was written in 1796 or so if I'm not in error and the specific comment about artillery officers not being well-educated made by Wilson was made ten years later. What seems to be the case to me is that Russian officers in general were not well-educated or trained and that artillery officers in particular were not getting the training they should have been receiving.

Sincerely,
Kevin

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