Austrian Napoleonic Artillery 1792-1815 (New Vanguard, by David Hollins

By David Hollins

The Austrian artillery of the progressive and Napoleonic Wars was once a production of the popular Lichtenstein process of the early 1750s. This weight process produced a chain of guns of 3-, 6- and 12-pdr. calibre in addition to 7- and 10-pdr. howitzers. within the 1780s they have been joined by means of Cavalry artillery weapons with their Wurst seats. In 1811 Austria additionally all started the institution of rocket troops established upon the British invention, when their heavy and siege items remained the 12 -,18- and 24-pdrs during the interval. This booklet describes the approach in addition to its operational use throughout the Napoleonic Wars.

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As a result the outcome of the battle of Khambula would be very different. The battle, which began at noon the following day (29 March),was both the most fiercely contested struggle of the war, and proof of the overwhelming advantages afforded the British by their fortifications. The Zulu approach was visible across several miles of difficult country, allowing Wood ample time to prepare his position. The tents outside the laager were struck, the men allotted their places, and ammunition boxes opened in readiness.

The wagons were arranged end-to-end and chained together, and a shallow ditch cut around the outside. The sods were piled up beneath the wagons, which were further barricaded with mealie sacks. Unlike Chelmsford’s laager at Gingindlovu, there was no gap between the rampart and the wagons for the men to occupy; they knelt down under the wagons themselves, behind the low ramparts, or in the wagon beds. On a terrace immediately below the redoubt, just 100 yards away, Wood constructed a second entrenched laager, to hold the column’s cattle during an attack.

Inside the hospital, the defenders fought from room to room, knocking holes in the flimsy interior walls where there were no doors, and dragging the patients after them until at last they emerged through a window into the abandoned yard, and scurried across to the storehouse, covered by the fire of men lining the biscuit-box barricade. For several hours, the Zulu attempted to find weak spots in the new British position, exploiting the gloom at the far end of the storehouse – away from the hospital – to attack the cattle kraal, driving the defenders back to the interior wall.

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