News of an important new resource!
The Smoothbore Ordnance Journal a new journal/feature to be hosted on Napoleon-Series. With the editor being Dr. Stephen Summerfield no less, we can expect a mine of information of the highest quality. An interest of mine is bridging so I am glad to see that will be covered in the journal with an interesting Q&A in the first issue, I am really looking forward to seeing the future issues, bookmark it and put it on your must read list.
Smoothbore Ordnance Journal
Issue 1: August 2010
Chairman of the Editorial Board: Digby Smith
Editor: Dr. Stephen Summerfield
The Smoothbore Ordnance Journal will be a regular feature of the Napoleon Series website.
The aim of the Journal is to provide a variety of translations, biographies, commentaries, documents and other material related to technical aspects of artillery and weapon systems of the period that has often been overlooked.
Other technical subjects such as engineering, logistics, horses, bridging, and sieges may well be covered as they were important to the education of any artilleryman of the period and to the successful operation of artillery. Just a glance at the contents of the contemporary artillery texts will show the breadth of the subject.
* Adye (1801-27) Bombardier and Pocket Gunner,
* Gassendi (1789-1819) Aide Mémoire a Usage des Officières des France ,
* Muller (1757-1780) various manuals on Artillery and Fortifications
* Royal Engineers (1850-60) Aide Memoire to the Military Sciences
* Tousard (1809-13) American Artillerists Manual
The reader is invited to submit to the results of their research in the form of articles, translations, reviews, documentation, commentary, imagery and other related items.
The first issue contains:
Section 1: Translations – Horse Artillery
"The Austrian Cavalry Gun in Comparison to the Horse Artillery of Other States by Smola in 1827"
Translated by Digby Smith, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (01)
"About Horse Artillery with comments from Johann Gottfried Hoyer, c1798"
Translated by Geert van Uthoven, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (02)
"Rouvroy's view on the use of Horse Artillery in 1802"
Translated by Geert van Uthoven, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (03)
Section 2: Horses and Mobility
‘"HORSES" in Adye (1801-27) Bombardier and Pocket Gunner'
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (04)
"Mobility of Field Artillery; Past and Present,"
Hime, H.W.L. (1870) Professional Papers of the Royal Engineers, Volume 6, pp433-444
"Mechanics of Horse Haulage,"
Biggs, T.H. (1897) Professional Papers of the Royal Engineers, Volume 23, Paper VII, pp253-283
"On the Choices of Horses for the Artillery"
Müller, William (1811) Elements of the Science of War, Volume I, Longman, London, 134-137
"Lecture IV: Artillery Carriages"
Owen C.H. and Tames T.L. (1861) Elementary Lectures on Artillery, 3rd Edition, John M. Boddy, Woolwich, pp39-47
Section 3: Naval Ordnance
Constitution's Full Load of Ammunition, 1812,"
Tyrone G. Martin (Sept 2006)
War of 1812 Magazine, Issue 1
"Constitution's Wartime Gun Batteries,"
Tyrone G. Martin (June 2006)
War of 1812 Magazine, Issue 3
‘"Old Ironsides" On The Lakes,'
Tyrone G. Martin (Sept 2007)
War of 1812 Magazine, Issue 7
Section 4: Biographies and Memoirs
"Biography of Jean Baptist Viscomte de Gribeauval (1715-1789) in Wurzbach 1859"
Translated by Digby Smith, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (10)
"The Important Family of Saxon Artillery Officers, the Rouvroys"
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (07)
"The Hoyer Family of Saxon Artillery and Engineer Officers"
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (08)
"The Rouvroys in Austrian Artillery Service"
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (09)
"Extracts from the Memoir of Baron Alexander de Senarmont, Lieutenant of the French Army,"
Simpson, W.H.R. (1858),
Minutes of Proceedings of the Royal Artillery Institution, Volume I, 335-344
Section 5: Ordnance Texts in Context
"Notes on Adye (1801-27) Bombardier and Pocket Gunner,"
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (11)
"Louis de Tousard and his ‘Artillerists Companion': An Investigation of Source Materials for Napoleonic Ordnance,"
Don Graves (May 1983) Canadian Journal of Arms Collecting, 23 (2), 51-60
Section 6: Dispatches
This is a readers' section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on ordnance subjects. 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.
Note that each letter or inquiry is numbered, so they can be referred in future by that number, such as 3001.
What is the service life of bronze ordnance?
Answer 3001: [from Donald E. Graves]
Question 3002: [From Jonah Oliver]
Bridges and their demolition were key to most of the Napoleonic campaigns.
* How the destruction of bridges was carried out?
* Has anyone got any sources on this?
* How were the explosives rigged up?
* How did the engineers calculate the amount of powder needed?
Answer 3002: [From Stephen Summerfield]
Section 7: Reviews
"Adye RW and WG Eliot (1813 rp2010) Bombardier and Pocket Gunner"
Reviewed by Donald E. Graves
"Jean-Nicolas-Auguste Noël, With Napoleon's Guns: The Military Memoirs of an Officer of the First Empire"
[Translated and edited by Rosemary Brindle]
Reviewed by David McCracken
Section 8: Artefacts and Imagery
"The Art of Alexander Cavalie Mercer"
Gareth Glover (Jan 2010) Napoleon Series