Wellingtons britisk-portugisiske styrker stormet byen Ciudad Rodrigo ved Salamanca i Spaina. Byen ble holdt av Napoleons franskmenn under Jean Léonard Barrié. Etter at britenes tunge artilleri klarte å lage to hull i muren kunne fortet stormes om... Read more ...
Stormen på Ciudad Rodrigo
Wellingtons britisk-portugisiske styrker stormet byen Ciudad Rodrigo ved Salamanca i Spaina. Byen ble holdt av Napoleons franskmenn under Jean Léonard Barrié. Etter at britenes tunge artilleri klarte å lage to hull i muren kunne fortet stormes om kvelden den 19. januar. Etter at de brøt gjennom gikk britene amok innefor bymurene i flere timer før orden ble gjenopprettet.
På britisk side falt to generaler og 318 mann i tillegg til 1378 som ble såret. Franskmennene hadde 529 døde og 1471 tilfangetagne.
Fra et strategisk synspunkt førte den allierte seieren til at britene fikk enklere tilgang til det franskdominerte Spania fra Portugal, som de selv dominerte. Ciudad Rodrigo var også under beleiring to år tidligere – da var det franskmennene som tok byen fra spanske styrker.
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The Springfield Trapdoor rifle was a result of the need of the US Army for a breech-loader that could be fired with metallic cartridges. The plans to adopt a breech-loading infantry rifle were started as during the Civil War (1861-65), and gunsmiths from all over the world were invited to submit suggestions for a new rifle mechanism. This is the story of the Springfield Trapdoor.
Published: 18 September 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
Model 1860 Army kammerlader, converted to metallic cartridge after Lund's system some time after 1867.
The 18 bore kammerlader rifles were continuously improved from the time the first model was adopted in 1842. In 1860 a new model was adopted. This model had several radical changes: The most important being the reduction of the calibre from 18 bore to 4''' (linjer, an old Norwegian measuring unit). Since roundballs were no longer used it served no purpose to designate the calibre in bullets per pound. 4''' equals 11.77 mm, and compared to the 18 bore rifles the calibre was reduced with 5 mm. The internals of the barrel were also changed. While the 18 bore kammerlader rifles had Krupp rifling the Model 1860 had hexagonal Whithworth rilfing. Another new feature was rifled chambers. The 4''' kammerlader is a lighter and slender firearm compared to the old models.
Both civilian and military 4''' kammerlader rifles. Civilian kammerlader rifles for the shooting societies were made from parts that were intended for the military rifles. The shooting society kammerlader rifles are distinguished by the steel buttplate and barrel bands. The Army versions had brass bands and buttplate.
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The following 4''' models are known:
- M/1860 4''' Army three bander (long)
- M/1860 4''' Army two bander (short)
- M/1860 4''' three bander (long) for shooting societies
- M/1860 4''' two bander (short) for shooting societies
- M/1860 4''' Navy two bander
- M/1862 4''' artillery carbine
- M/1865 4''' cavalry carbine
The short Model 1860 kammerlader rifles were equipped with yataghan style sabre bayonets similar to that of the Remington rifle. It was also basically similar to the 18 bore short rifle bayonet. The long rifles was fitted with a socket bayonet.