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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (10 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861269234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861269232
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Dawson has written extensively on the guns of the Napoleonic Wars. Resident - West Yorkshire Anthony Dawson has written extensively on the guns of the Napoleonic Wars. Resident - West Yorkshire Stephen Summerfield has written extensively on the guns of the Napoleonic Wars. Resident - Hull

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By WJ Cook on 4 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
'Napoleonic Artillery' is a very focused, comprehensive and well illustrated account of the equipment, ammunition, tactics and organisation, of the artillery of the Napoleonic period.

As a general reader, at which the authors have aimed their book, albeit one who is not entirely uninformed, I am confident that the breadth and depth of the study is about as good as it could be within the constraints of approximately 300 pages, all of which are devoted entirely to the subject matter and contain no superfluous material.

The bibliography lists approximately 240 works, ancient and modern. It also forms a comprehensive reading list for those who want more on the subject and is an excellent 'road-map' for additional research, for those so inclined.

Further provenance comprises in excess of 400 footnotes containing additional comments by the authors, reference to letters and other documents in various archives at home and abroad, correspondence between the authors and other people, and books, which seems to indicate a systematic approach. This book is, then, comprehensively researched and very well sourced indeed.

The quality of the footnoting is uneven in the case of books where the page numbers are sometimes omitted. It does not make these footnotes entirely useless because in the context of provenance they remain perfectly valid, but what the omission of page numbers does is make it more difficult to trace the original information.

We acquire most of our information through our eyes and this book certainly makes full use of this sense. Inside the front cover is some publisher's stuff which tells us that in addition to the text there are 84 scale drawings, 23 figures and over 260 photographs - that is a lot.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James A on 29 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A book for the enthusiast. Every conceivable fact about Napoleonic artillery. Full of period pictures, photographs and scale drawings. Not to be missed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas J. H. Halpin on 12 Aug. 2012
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The title says it all really. I can't claim to have read it from cover to cover - yet! - but this book seems to do what it promises, being a comprehensive guide to the subject, its technical and historical development up to that period in time. I would appreciate more, especially diagrams/illustrations of Prussian trains and limbers etc post 1808 but that is my particular interest as a wargamer and model maker.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Evans on 1 May 2014
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An invaluable oversight of the land and sea artillery in use from the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. Full of useful data and biblographic references.
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12 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kevin F. Kiley on 22 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This volume is full of promise, packed with photographs of period artillery pieces, secondary drawings of artillery pieces and ancillary vehicles and equipment, but in the end is a disappointment. Napoleonic Artillery is a survey work attempting to be all things to all people, and while profusely and well-illustrated, the book needed the editorial direction to be either an illustrated history of the artillery of the Napoleonic Wars or a scholarly history of the artillery of the period. The book is trying very hard to be both, and unfortunately, it is neither.

This is a herculean attempt to shoulder the entire gamut of the European artillery systems of the period, from field artillery to siege, garrison, and fortress artillery, but what has been accomplished is the assembly of a wide range of material with little or no depth to it. Like the Powder River, the book is a mile wide and an inch deep.

In this flawed endeavor, the book fails in two areas: it is not well-sourced (or on the surface appears not to be) and there are too many errors in fact in the text to be a reliable source of information for researchers.

First, and most important, while there are over four hundred reference notes in the volume, about forty percent of these have no page numbers for the cited works. Because of this omission, the book's text cannot be used as a reliable source. This is a shame for there is good and useful information in the text.

There is material that needs to be sourced, and is not. An example is on pages 246-247 where canister, an anti-personnel round, is described as bursting on impact with the ground instead upon leaving the gun tube when the round was fired. This is incorrect.
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