Issue 2: December 2010
Welcome to the second issue of the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal published by Ken Trotman Ltd in association with the Napoleon-Series.
Stephen Summerfield, editor (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, Issue 1, Ken Trotman Publishing. [ISBN 978-1-907417-13-9]
Stephen Summerfield, editor (Dec 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, Issue 2, Ken Trotman Publishing. [ISBN 978-1-907417-14-6]
The online version at the Napoleon Series does not have the additional six colour plates of the printed version including elevations of the Austrian M1762 version of the Gribeauval Garrison Carriage, Saxon M1810 8-pdr Howitzer and Württemberg M1811 Wurst Ammunition Wagons by Norman Swales at 1:24 scale.
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 in the 18th to mid 19th century.
This issue has two main themes.
Jean-Baptiste Vacquette de Gribeauval (1715-89) is an interesting man who survived the Salon politics of France despite his background of being a poor non-noble birth through the patronage of a number of powerful men.
This is the first of a series of papers on European artillery systems that encompass the 18th to the mid 19th century. It is important to look at the extent equipment as well as the written word. The artillery of the Lesser German States that fought for Napoleon in the Confederation of the Rhine had a number of very innovative artillery systems that were derived from and often copied by the great powers of Austria, Britain, France, Prussia and Russia. This has been mostly overlooked. The three papers presented here show the organisation, equipment and some of the history of the artillery of Wurttemberg and Saxony.
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.
Dr Stephen Summerfield
Section 1: Gribeauval’s Early Work
1: Summary of Gribeauval’s Life,”
2: Gribeauval in France before the Seven Years War (1715-56),”
3: Gribeauval in Austrian Service (1758-62),”
V: Siege of Schweidnitz: Seventh Campaign Ends”
sur M. de Gribeauval, Premier Inspecteur de L’Artillerie
premier inspecteur général du corps de l’artillerie.
Quelques pages inedites relatives a son se jour en autriche,”
Section 2: Gribeauval and French Ordnance
4: Gribeauval Garrison Carriage,”
With Supporting Material in Appendix
Objection toward Regimental Artillery,”
Section 3: Gribeauval on Austrian Artillery
18 Questions on Austrian Artillery that Gribeauval Answered in
his Report Dated March 1762,”
(1896) for the French version.
Section 4: German State Ordnance
History of the Royal Württemberg Artillery – Organisation
and Equipment 1734-1815,”
Models of Wurttemberg M1809 Field Ordnance,”
Horse Artillery 1810-15,”
Section 5: Reviews
of Waterloo Netherlands Correspondence by John Franklin”
of Waterloo Hanoverian Correspondence by John Franklin”
Gareth (editor) (2010) The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British
Gareth (editor) (2010) The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German
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.