Gunpowder Artillery 1267-1603, by Jonathan Davies

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Gunpowder Artillery 1267-1603, by Jonathan Davies

Gunpowder Artillery 1267-1603, by Jonathan Davies, subtitled 'The development and employment of artillery in Britain and Europe'

Booklet published by Stuart Press in 2003, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N6690X1)

From the introduction: When the first sound of gunfire was heard on a European battlefield (at some time between 1310 and 1330) the death knell of feudalism, chivalry or the castle was not tolled. The impact of gunpowder attillery was, at first, minimal. Like the first pioneer aircraft chugging over the manoeuvring armies in 1914 they were a novelty of doubtful utility, but unlike the aircraft their impact on warfare would take much longer to reveal itself. The first guns firing arrows and lead shot were a diversion if not a distraction. On the battlefield the wrought iron guns that developed into the bombard first supplemented, and then replaced the mango riels, balistas and trebuchets (by the last quarter of the fifteenth century) that had dominated siege warfare. Even then, the replacement was gradual and undramatic. Their impact on the battlefield was both cumulative and specific, with the field gun playing an increasingly important part in the order of battle of European forces. It was not until the artillery revolution of the late fifteenth century that artillery became more powerful, mobile and accurate. This had a major impact both on sieges and the means of fortification required to deal with the new threat. On the battlefield artillery was to play an increasingly authoritative role when given the opportunity. The history of the development of artillery, although it does follow a relatively easily defined path is not a history of continuous and uniform progress. It is episodic, subject to the vagaries of time, place and person that characterises much of human and technological hlstory. Sections include:

Etymology and Nomenclature
The origins of artillery
Gunpowder
The earliest guns.
Wrought iron guns
The bombard
An medieval siege train
Employment of the Bombard
Employment & organisation - 1495
The Artillery Revolution
The metallurgical revolution
Cast iron ordnance
The transport revolution
Limbers, trunnions & carriages
Powder
Design of the gun
Appearance of the gun
Standardisation of calibres
Windage
Performance of artillery
Aiming
Ammunition
Range
Rate of fire
Tactical employment
What was field artillery?
The sixteenth century siege train
Mortars
Tudor Ordnance
Conclusion
Appendices

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.

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