The Peninsula War was notable for several sieges and stormings, most famously those of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz. Both these actions are discussed in this rare and concise book by an officer of the Royal Horse Artillery. May attributes the rapid fall of both fortresses to British artillery tactics, which carefully concentrated on battering a breach in the defences, and the superiority of British iron cannon to their brass equivalents. Illustrated by a plan of attack during an artillery siege, and tables showing the results of test comparisons between brass and iron ordnance.
FEW OBSERVATIONS ON THE MODE OF ATTACK AND EMPLOYMENT OF THE HEAVY ARTILLERY AT CIUDAD RODRIGO AND BADAJOZ IN 1812 AND ST. SEBASTIAN IN 1813
Veteran artillery officer’s analysis of the sieges of Badajoz and Ciudad Roderigo in the Peninsula War, and the reasons for their successful storming.