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Artillery Sequence of Firing

As one would expect with the Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, being a former artillery officer, France's cannons made up the backbone of the ground forces.

The French guns were generally used in massed batteries to soften up enemy formations before being subjected to the closer attention of the infantry or cavalry.

Superb gun-crew training allowed Bonaparte to move the weapons at great speed to either bolster a weakening defensive position, or else hammer a potential break in enemy lines.

In general, French guns were 4-pounders, 8-pounders or 12-pounders, with the lighter calibres being phased out and replaced by 6-pounders later in the wars.

French cannons had brass barrels and their carriages, wheels and limbers were painted olive-green.

Firing Sequence

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