Sunday 3 October 2010

Ordnance at the Siege of Sebastopol

From Military Commission to Europe in 1855 and 1856 By Alfred Mordecai
Here's the introduction
It is curious to remark that, notwithstanding the activity of contrivance and experiments in ordnance during the long peace in Europe which preceded the Russian war, scarcely any novelties in artillery were brought into use, or even tried at the siege of Sebastopol. No cannon of extraordinary caliber or range, no breech-loading guns, no rifled cannon, (except the Lancaster gun,) were put to the test of actual service. This must have resulted chiefly from a want of confidence in any of the new inventions proposed. It cannot be attributed to mere reluctance of trying even the best esteemed novelties, in a case where the consequences of a failure would be highly disastrous ; for the failure of several experiments of this kind, like that of the Lancaster gun, would have detracted very little from the vast armament of the attack. Continued...
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