Topic: Drill and Training
Artillery Instruction (1884)
Manual of Field Artillery Exercises, Canada, 1884
From the Preface to the First Edition (1875), by T. Bland Strang, Major, R. Art., Lieut. Col. And Inspector of Artillery for the Dominion
Land service artillery will be broadly considered as—
- 1st. Field.
- 2nd. Siege.
- 3rd. Garrison.
The distinctive character of the first is mobility, of the last stability, or tenacity in holding its ground
Siege artillery holds an intermediate, place between the two.
Artillery instruction will be divided into—
The last two can only be slightly touched upon in a work like the present.
The Scientific instruction will, therefore, be limited, at first, to a clear explanation of elementary gunnery, suitable to intelligent Non-commissioned officers, subsequently to be extended to Range finding and rough Surveying, as well as such elementary Fortification as is absolutely necessary for the requirements of an Artillery officer.
The Technical will include the gun and its ammunition, use, and rules for practice.
The Tactical will be comprised of drill:
- 1st. As a steadying training exercise for men and horses.
- 2nd. As training to surmount obstacles.
- 3rd. Artillery tactics proper: the movements, selection of position, and wording of guns, before an enemy.
The Disciplinary portion will include the care and management of men and horses.