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

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In the garrison had to man the ramparts attack could not be broken the last resort and try to prevent a breach being stormed. Vauban also introduced entirely new tactics in con- ducting a siege. Hitherto approach trenches had been dug in a zig-zag manner to avoid direct fire the attackers to get close enough to make and enable the assault. 35 Rise of National Armies Attack of a fortress, from Les Traveaux de Mars published in 1672. Vauban's method was to dig a series of trenches parallel to the line of the fortifications.

If the bullet also fits sufficiently tightly to charge is fired increased and so prevent gases escaping when the the muzzle velocity of the bullet is is the range. Many parts of Europe used to be densely wooded, and abounded with wild boar and deer and other game that were hunted for food and sport. Sporting guns in Germany and Switzerland had been manufactured with rifling since the beginning of the fifteenth century, and contemporary woodcuts show huntsmen and members of 'sharpshooters' guilds taking part in shooting matches and firing at targets set at 200 yards' distance or more.

If Vauban's advice had then been taken an entrenched camp would have been built close by for a counter-attack force and Namur might never have been re-captured. Although the fortresses built by Vauban were immensely strong (one — 37 Rise of National Armies of them on the Belgian frontier held out for fourteen days against the Germans in 1914) no one knew better than he what an attacker could achieve by concentrated gunfire followed by a carefully planned assault by determined infantry. THE RISE OF NATIONAL ARMIES Earlier in the seventeenth century the maritime nations had been engaged in colonial expansion both in Asia and America.

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