By Jack Coggins
Stronger with terrific illustrations, the textual content describes what materiel was once to be had to the armies and navies of either sides — from iron-clad gunboats, submarine torpedoes, and army balloons to pontoon bridges, percussion grenades, and siege artillery — with on-the-scene reviews via Union and accomplice infantrymen approximately gear and camp lifestyles. Over 500 black-and-white illustrations.
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Seventy four mins; sustained, one each 2. 86 mins. Dahlgrens had vents, one saved plugged yet which can be spread out while different grew to become too enlarged for security. Compressors of screw-clamp kind, hooked below compressor rails, have been loosened to run gun out. Notched and graduated sight-bar labored in field on breech. Blade-front sight on tube among trunnions. Heavy pivot weapons should be comfortably moved on process of overlapping rails (racers). Diagram indicates gun in fore-and-aft place. 1. To swing to broadside, trainingtrucks have been raised off deck through eccentrics, slide pivoted at rear, 2, and pulled over pivot gap in deck, three. To aim,shifting vehicles have been raised, education vans lowered,and slide pivoted at entrance, four. Gun educated by means of tackles, and handspikes lower than horns of carriage. In altering elevation on old-type weapons now not supplied with raising screws, breech was once raised off quoin via handspike put on step of carriage. The wedge-shaped quoin used to be shifted ahead or backward less than breech. Quoins slid in grooved beds. Marks on aspects gave distances, and allowed all broadside weapons to be ranged concurrently at a given elevation. NAVAL GUN workouts “Silence, guy the port (or starboard) weapons. ” staff at cognizance dealing with gun. “Cast off and supply. ” Gun is forged unfastened, part and teach tackles hooked, breeching get rid of, lock disguise got rid of. Gun ports triced up. “Run in. ” Gun is hauled again from gun port. “Serve vent and sponge. ” Gun captain stops vent and serves together with his priming twine. cost is taken from powder-man, and shell from shell field. “Load. ” cost put in muzzle, driven down—shell installed. Cap faraway from fuse, proven to gun captain and saved for checklist. Shell driven domestic. “Prime. ” Captain serves vent back, pricking cartridge, places in primer. “Aim. ” Captain adjusts sight. Takes place at once in the back of gun out of achieve of balk. Calls “Muzzle correct” (or left) to train-tackle males and handspike males. “Ready—fire. ” Pulls lanyard. (Second captain stands by way of with clean primer in case of misfire. ) “Serve vent and sponge” as sooner than. (Gun has run in by itself draw back. ) Stand of grape As flying bits from military friction primers may reason accidents in restricted areas aboard send, the army used composition-filled tube with explosive wafer on most sensible, fired by means of gunlock. Lock used to be made to transparent vent after amazing, or rush of fuel out of vent may have thrown hammer again and broken it. Pull on lanyard introduced 3¼-pound hammer down at similar time slot allowed it to tug again from vent. Grapeshot made of iron balls, often 9 in 3 stages, held by way of bolt. occasionally shot have been canvas-covered and held through rope lashings. Diagram of naval gunlock with hammer in 3 positions Twelve-pdr. howitzer on box carriage. For shore use. mild and simply portable, those weapons observed carrier in lots of touchdown operations. Twelve-pdr. boat howitzer on slide carriage. be aware compressor slide screws on most sensible of carriage slide. The 12-pdr. used to be fixed in boats or within the tops. The 24-pdr. used to be extensively utilized in boats, or on deck, the fore finish mounted and the inboard finish on a truck.