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an artilleryman, Napoleon Bonaparte was certain that it was by
cannons that battles were won.
Emperor's Daughters, as they were known, were one of the key parts
to his armies and his long run of battlefield successes.
Bonaparte was determined to ensure that if his big guns could
not outnumber the enemy's, then they would at least be better
served by a corps of gunners and artillery officers who were professionally
Napoleon's Artillery, author Robert
Wilkinson-Latham details the organisation, equipment, uniforms
and campaigns of the French artillery.
artillery suffered greatly during the early years of the Wars
through losing many experienced men who refused to swear allegiance
to the new order, but came back bigger and stronger than ever
with professional artillery schools and training.
goes into the type of cannons used, their crew and firing structures
and the reforms that led to an armaments industry that could boast
more than 250 ironworks in Paris alone.
interested in the artillery of Bonaparte's allies will get good
information on those of Switzerland, the Grand Duchy of Warsaw,
Baden and Wurttemberg to name but a few.
campaigns are seen from an artilleryman's point of view and cover
three periods from The Revolutionary Wars (1792 to 1804), the
main Napoleonic Wars (1805 to 1815) and the 100 Days Campaign
Napoleon's Artillery is an excellent guide to the big guns
of the Emperor and how it played such an important role in the
expansion of French empire.