Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Re: Russian artillery officers
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Kevin,
You wrote:
Boulart is one of the French artillery officers that remarks on the inaccuracy of Russian artillery fire.

As I have said, several Russian artillery officers remark on the inaccuracy of the French artillery fire. Such remarks are only subjective impressions, which various persons got in various circumstances. We can make no general conclusions from such remarks.

You wrote:
at Friedland when the French artillery batteries on the west bank of the Alle knocked out the Russian batteries on the east bank during the fighting.

What is the source? Marbot? Is there anyone who still believes in Marbot's tales?

You wrote:
Another is Borodino where the outnumbered French artillery dominated the field.

What are the arguments supporting the thesis that the French artillery dominated the field at Borodino?

The French artillery had local advantages at some places of the battlefield indeed, but that was due to the inadequate organization and management of the Russian artillery at the higher level, not because of poor education and training of the artillery officers.

Best wishes,
Alexander

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