Napoleon, as a young artilleryman, was trained with the Gribeauval system, created to standardise the French field artillery. He remained faithful to this system throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, only introducing a few minor changes. The consistency of the Gribeauval system, along with Napoleon's personal preference for artillery ensured that the French artillery had a strong advantage over their opponents, possessing considerably more guns than any other army. This volume will deal with 4-, 8- and 12-pdr guns, light 1-pdr guns and later innovations such as the 6-pdr gun, which were used with great success by Napoleon in Italy, Germany and Austria.
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Author Biography - Rene Chartrand
Rene Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including almost 20 Osprey titles and the first two volumes of Canadian Military Heritage. He lives in Hull, Quebec, with his wife and two sons. Ray Hutchins was educated at the Duke of York's Royal Military School. He served with the Royal Artillery in the Korean War and the Malaya Conflict. Following his demobilisation, he worked with three major London studios, at Rolls-Royce (Aero) Ltd, at the Ministry of Defence (Navy) and with the MOD (Army) at Bovington, working on Shah and Challenger tanks, before going freelance in 1980.