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Army:

Great Britain: Number of Wagons and Horses Needed to Move the Siege Train at Walcheren 1809

Item
Amount Number of Wagons Number of Horses
Gun: 24 pounder 30
---
300
Mortar: 10 inch 12
---
96
Howitzer: 10 inch 4
---
32
Howitzer: 8 inch 4
---
24
General Stores ---
20
80
Ammunition: First Day 3600 rounds for 24 pounders
65
260
960 10 inch mortar shells
56
224
320 10 inch howitzer shells
18
72
320 8 inch howitzer shells
10
40
Ammunition: Second Day 3600 rounds for 24 pounders
65
260
960 10 inch mortar shells
56
224
320 10 inch howitzer shells
18
72
320 8 inch howitzer shells
10
40
Ammunition: ThirdDay 3600 rounds for 24 pounders
65
260
960 10 inch mortar shells
56
224
320 10 inch howitzer shells
18
72
320 8 inch howitzer shells
10
40
Ammunition: Fourth Day 3600 rounds for 24 pounders
65
260
960 10 inch mortar shells
56
224
320 10 inch howitzer shells
18
72
320 8 inch howitzer shells
10
40
Total 20,800 shells
616 Wagons
2,916 Horses

Notes:                                                   

1. The Bathz, where the siege was taking place, was 27 miles (4 days) away from the disembarkation point (Sloe Passage). Thus the necessity for having a continual stream of wagons on the road to keep the siege artillery supplied with ammunition.

2. Author's Note: (P. 419) "The distance was about nine leagues and the road good, excepr for some miles next the Sloe Passage, which running along the crest of a narrow dyke, scarcely admitted of two carriages passing each other. Further, the surface of this dyke and the sides of the road generally being of fine clay, the rainy weather had rendered them quite soft, and in consequence it was calculated that each journey and the return of the horses, together, would at least occupy four days.

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. Pp. 419 - 420

Placed on the Napoleon Series: September 2001

 



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