Issue 3: March 2011
Welcome to the third pre-print issue of the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal published by Ken Trotman Ltd in association with the Napoleon-Series.
The importance of the technical subjects of ordnance, science and engineering has been shown over the years by discussion on the Napoleon Series Forum and elsewhere. It is hoped that the journal will make such discussion more informed and productive. Contributions of translations and academic papers are welcomed on subjects connected to artillery or military engineering from the Thirty Years War to the Franco-Prussian War
This issue has two main themes.
Theme One: Austrian Artillery
· Digby Smith explains in his introduction to his translation of Dolleczek (1887) the innovations since the 15th century to the mid 19th century when the Liechtenstein System was finally abandoned after a century. The translation is split into 6 parts.
· The Liechtenstein system kept up with the innovations including reducing windage, the reduction in decorations and the introduction of shell guns [long barrelled howitzers]. These are illustrated by photographs of extent gun barrels and carriages by Dr Stephen Summerfield.
Theme Two: Saxon Artillery
· Dr Martin Klöffler explores Saxon fortress ordnance in the context of the Prussian siege of Torgau in 1813. [Translated by Digby Smith]
· Gerard Cronin and Dr Stephen Summerfield discusses the Saxon M1810 ordnance, uniforms and at Gross Beeren (23 August 1813).
Theme Three: British Artillery in the Peninsular
· Anthony Dawson explores the use and equipment of British Mountain Artillery in the Peninsular War.
· Sir Alexander Dickson RA wrote in 1823 “Answer to Questions on the Royal Artillery in 1823” that is reprinted in full with additional notes by Dr Stephen Summerfield.
· Seven reports and memorandums from Volume 1 of the Minutes of Proceedings of the Royal Artillery Institute on the organisation and equipment of the Royal Artillery.
Dolleczek - Austrian 15th to
19th Century Artillery
Issue 3 (01): “Period I: Dolleczek – 15th to Early 16th Century Artillery Material”
Issue 3 (02): “Period II: Artillery of Emperor Maximilian I to the 30 Years War”
Issue 3 (03) “Period III: Dolleczek – 30 Years War to Liechtenstein”
Issue 3 (04) “The Influence of the French School on Siege Warfare in Austria”
Issue 3 (05) “Dolleczek (1887) on Fürst Liechtenstein’s New Artillery System”
Issue 3 (06) “Dolleczek (1887) on the Reorganization of the Austrian Artillery in 1772”
Section 2: Austrian Artillery
Issue 3 (07) “Evolution of Austrian Field Ordnance (1753-1853)”
Issue 3 (08) “Austrian Garrison and Siege Guns (1753-1853)”
Issue 3 (09) “Austrian Mortars (1753-1853)”
Section 3: Saxon Fortress and Foot Artillery
Issue 3(10) “Saxon
Siege and Defensive Artillery 1810-1814”
Issue 3(11) “Saxon Foot Field Ordnance 1810-15”
Issue 3(12) “Saxon Foot Artillery Uniforms (1810-15)”
Issue 3(13) “Saxon Artillery at Gross Beeren (23 August 1813)”
L. Dawson (Mar 2011)
Summerfield (Mar 2011)
Issue 3(16) “British Naval Gun Locks”
Frazer (Dec 1826)
Section 5: Reviews
No reviews submitted for this issue.
Section 6: Dispatches
This is a readers’ section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on Ordnance. The editors of the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal invite queries but please note that we cannot answer questions relating to genealogy. Those interested in such matters are directed to the many websites that specialise in this type of research. Please send your inquiries to the Editor. There are no “Dispatches” for this Issue.
The editor wishes to thank Richard Brown of Ken Trotman Ltd, Norman Swales, and NGA Archive for permission to reproduce many of the illustrations. The comments and advice from John Cook, Gerard Cronin of GJM Figurines, Donald Graves, David Hollins, David McCracken, Christian Rogge and Digby Smith have made this a pleasure to put journal together. The support of Robert Burnham of the Napoleon-Series, Patrick Ehresmann, Philip Magrath of the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson, Steven H. Smith, Matthew Switlik and Hans Karl Weiss for the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal from early beginnings has been greatly appreciated.
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