A History of War and Weapons, 1660 to 1918 by G. A Shepperd

A History of War and Weapons, 1660 to 1918 by G. A Shepperd

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This was a good deal safer for the gunners and also allowed them to fire 'at will', instead of immediately after the shell was loaded. Round shot for cannon were of stone or iron, but canister shot was often used against infantry. These latter were tin, wooden or even canvas cases filled with nails or musket balls. Amongst the innumerable types of projectiles mentioned by contemporary writers was the 'thundering ball'. This consisted of a hollow, spherical wooden case filled with hand grenades.

The blade was twenty-five inches long, and the hanger was considered a better weapon for hand-to-hand fighting. Both of these infantry swords were designed as thrusting weapons. On the Continent some Hussar regiments were being raised, and these carried a curved sword with a very sharp cutting edge based on the scimitar used by the Turks. Sword scabbards were made of black leather and had steel mountings. still Infantry hanger ARMOUR orget Only the minimum amount of personal armour was now worn.

There was no room to deploy or pass through the cavalry, and the Allied infantry were caught in a heavy cross fire. Charged in front and on their flank by the French dragoons they were slowly forced back. On 59 Great Captains British grenadier and Dutch assault on Fontenoy and the three redoubts also failed. A second attack in the centre was ordered but met a similar fate, although their left the Austrian the British battalions penetrated so far into the French camp that the guns their rear. Calling succeeded 60 up in the redoubts were his last reserves, in repulsing the attack, firing into de Saxe finally but the British and Great Captains French infantry 1745 Hanoverian infantry had suffered 6,000 casualties, onethird of their strength.

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