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LONDON:
W. H. ALLEN & Co., LEADENHALL STREET;
PARKER & SON, 445, WEST STRAND; CLOWES & SONS, CHARING CROSS;
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & Co., STATIONERS' HALL COURT;

J. BODDY, WOOLWICH.

1859.

[The right of Translation is reserved.]

UNITY
LIBRARY

4 4x104

Entered at Stationers' Wall.

A previous edition of “ THE ARTILLERIST'S MANUAL, AND BRITISH SOLDIER'S COMPENDIUM having been translated into French, without the consent of the Author, and a portion of the work having also been translated into Hindustani, it is necessary to state that the right of Translation of this publication is reserved.

PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

PREFACE.

EIGHTH EDITIO N.

In order to keep pace with the numerous improvements in the science of warfare, in each edition of " THE ARTILLERIST'S MANUAL, AND BRITISH SOLDIER'S COMPENDIUM," a considerable quantity of new matter has necessarily been published; many of the subjects being also revised, and altered. Even the last edition of “ The Artillerist's Manual, &c.,” may in fact be deemed almost obsolete, the present compilation containing selections from the following original, or revised Works :

1. The Infantry Manual. 2. Field Exercise, and Evolutions of Infantry. 3. Bayonet Exercise. 4. Instruction of Musketry. 5. Cavalry Sword Exercise. 6. Carbine Exercise. 7. Pistol Exercise. 8. Lance Exercise. 9. Carbine Exercise, Royal Artillery. 10. Service, and Management of Ordnance. 11, Veterinary Directions.

12. Instructions for the Exercise of great Guns on board Her Majesty's ships.

Additions, and Alterations will also appear in the following subjects; viz. :

Additions.
Loading with blank Cartridges.
Detail of 9-Pounder Battery, R.H.A. Home establishment.

6-Pounder Battery, R.H.A. Do. Do.
Distribution of a 9-Pounder'Field battery, R.A. Home establishment.
Ordnance. Ammunition. Ranges, &c.
Carriages. Axletrees,
Powder cases.
Tangent scales; Land service, Sea service.
Ranges, Sea service.
Batteries. Sap roller, &c.

Tackles. Girders.
Artillery service, EAST INDIAN.
Fireworks.
Gravity.
Trigonometry.
Reconnoitring, &c.

Alterations.
Percussion Small arms.
Manufacture of Cartridges.
Instructions for browning Gun barrels.
Ordnance, length, weight, calibre, &c.
Carriages. Field, travelling: Siege, travelling: Garrison.
Carts. Waggons. Wheels. Platforms.
Cartridges for Guns, Howitzers, &c.
Stores. Combustibles, &c.
Diameter of each Shot, and Shell in the Service.
Common case, and Grape shot.
Field battery Exercise.
Detail of Field batteries. War establishment.
Do,

Do. Home establishment.
Veterinary directions.
Field fortification.
Naval gunnery.
Fireworks.

Unaided by the Military, and Naval authorities, &c., it would have been impossible for me to have rendered “ The-Artillerist's Manual and British Soldier's Compendium " complete, and adapted for all branches of the Services, and I gratefully acknowledge my obligations to

The Adjutant-General to the Forces.
The Deputy Adjutant-General Royal Artillery.
The Officers of the Manufacturing Departments, Royal Arsenal.
The Principal Veterinary Surgeon.
The Secretary to the Admiralty.
The Military Secretary to Government, India.
The Inspector-General of Ordnançe, &c., Bombay.

As well as to many other official Friends, who have afforded the information I needed.

To this let me add the advantages I possess in having, for a coadjutor, my youngest son, who, being in the same Corps as myself, and having served in the Crimea, is enabled materially to assist in rendering the Manual acceptable to our brother officers.

Being desirous that “ The Artillerist's Manual, &c.,” should become more generally useful in India, an application was made for information on the subjects contained in Part X.; and deeply indebted am I to the Inspector-General of Ordnance, and Magazines, Bombay, for the valuable additions furnished from his office, which will, I doubt not, be most acceptable to the officers of the East Indian Army.

The original Compilation (in 1839) was undertaken chiefly for the use of the Non-commissioned officers of the Royal Artillery ; since which period the Work has been very much enlarged, and has been favourably received by all ranks throughout the Army, having finally obtained the gracious approval of His Royal Highness the General Commanding-in-Chief :* moreover the officers of the Navy cordially welcome “ The Artillerist's Manual, &c.," and copies are ordered to be included in the libraries of all vessels of war.

Thus encouraged every endeavour has been made satisfactorily to complete the Work not only as a MANUAL for the Artillery, but also as a COMPENDIUM for the use of all ranks of the United Services of the British nation,

F. A. GRIFFITHS. Putney, August 6th, 1859.

(Copy.)

Horse Guards, * Memorandum.

13th October, 1856. His Royal Highness, the General Commanding in Chief, strongly recommends to the Officers, and Non-commissioned Officers of the Army, the Revised edition of a Work, entitled “ THE ARTILLERIST'S MANUAL, AND BRITISH SOLDIER'S COMPENDIUM," a work replete with the most useful Military information, and of which Major Griffiths, R.F.P., Royal Artillery, is the author. By command of His Royal Highness, The General Commanding in Chief, (Signed) G. A. WETHERALL,

Adj.-General.

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*** With reference to the foregoing Memorandum ; Copies will be supplied, for the special use of Non-commissioned Officers, at the reduced rate of Five Shillings per Copy, on applications (addressed to MAJOR GRIFFITHS, Putney) by Officers Commanding regiments, detachments, &c.

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