Military Subjects: Organization, Strategy & Tactics


Organization of the French Engineer Equipment Train as decreed on 25 March 1811

Napoleon authorized a siege engineer train of six field troops and a depot troop. Each field troop was designed support an infantry corps.

Officers and Men
Officers 3
Non-Commissioned Officers 5
Brigadiers 6
Trumpeters 2
Artificers 7
Privates 121
Total 144
Horses
Draft Horses 226
Spare Horses 8
Riding Horses 16
Total 250
Carriages
Wagons with 4 Horses, for Entrenching Tools 30
Wagons with 6 Horses, for Entrenching Tools 4
Wagons with 4 Horses, with Bridge Equipage 5
Wagons with 6 Horses, with Bridge Equipage 5
Wagons with 4 Horses, for Miners' Tools 1
Wagons with 4 Horses, for Petards and Gunpowder 1
Forge Carts with 6 Horses 4
Total 50

Tools

Entrenching Tools
Pickaxes 1,700
Miners' Picks 170
Shovels 1,700
Long Handled Shovels 1,700
Total 5,270
Cutting Tools
Felling Axes 680
Bill Hooks 1,020
Total 1,700
Miscellaneous
Artificers' Tools 1,802
Miners' Tools 253
Machinery and Stores 8,318 Kilograms

Source: Jones, John T. Journal of Sieges Carried on by the Army under the Duke of Wellington in Spain between the Years 1811 and 1814 Vol. II London : T. Egerton; 1827. P. 431 - 432

Placed on the Napoleon Series: September 2001

 

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