John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 122

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depends on the target surface offered by each man, it is

immaterial whether the men are shoulder to shoulder or in

a thin skirmishing line

For practical purposes we may take the target surface

of a man standing as ½ square yard, kneeling 1/3 square

yard, and lying ¼ square yard, measured at right angles

to the trajectory.

If there are 300 bullets in a 16 PR. Shrapnel, and the angle

of the cone be 1 in 4, then for firing at men standing the

cross section of the cone should be 150 square yards,

at men kneeling 100 square yards, and at men lying

45 square yards, which fixes the proper distance of the

point of burst from the target at 52 yards 44 and 40 yards

respectively

So that we see that the  bess  target each man exposes

the closer up should the shrapnel burst, irrespective

of whether the men are one yard apart or ten

N.B

In practice it is quite impossible to observe the distance

from the target at which the shrapnel bursts, we can

only observe the height

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depends on the target surface offered by each man, it is

immaterial whether the men are shoulder to shoulder or in

a thin skirmishing line

For practical purposes we may take the target surface

of a man standing as ½ square yard, kneeling 1/3 square

yard, and lying ¼ square yard, measured at right angles

to the trajectory.

If there are 300 bullets in a 16 PR. Shrapnel, and the angle

of the cone be 1 in 4, then for firing at men standing the

cross section of the cone should be 150 square yards,

at men kneeling 100 square yards, and at men lying

45 square yards, which fixes the proper distance of the

point of burst from the target at 52 yards 44 and 40 yards

respectively

So that we see that the  bess  target each man exposes

the closer up should the shrapnel burst, irrespective

of whether the men are one yard apart or ten

N.B

In practice it is quite impossible to observe the distance

from the target at which the shrapnel bursts, we can

only observe the height


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  • March 29, 2017 23:08:26 Cheryl Ellsworth

    depends on the target surface offered by each man, it is

    immaterial whether the men are shoulder to shoulder or in

    a thin skirmishing line

    For practical purposes we may take the target surface

    of a man standing as ½ square yard, kneeling 1/3 square

    yard, and lying ¼ square yard, measured at right angles

    to the trajectory.

    If there are 300 bullets in a 16 PR. Shrapnel, and the angle

    of the cone be 1 in 4, then for firing at men standing the

    cross section of the cone should be 150 square yards,

    at men kneeling 100 square yards, and at men lying

    45 square yards, which fixes the proper distance of the

    point of burst from the target at 52 yards 44 and 40 yards

    respectively

    So that we see that the  bess  target each man exposes

    the closer up should the shrapnel burst, irrespective

    of whether the men are one yard apart or ten

    N.B

    In practice it is quite impossible to observe the distance

    from the target at which the shrapnel bursts, we can

    only observe the height

  • March 29, 2017 21:15:59 Cheryl Ellsworth

    depends on the target surface offered by each man, it is

    immaterial whether the men are shoulder to shoulder or in

    a thin skirmishing line

    For practical purposes we may take the target surface

    of a man standing as ½ square yard, kneeling 1/3 square

    yard, and lying ¼ square yard, measured at right angles

    to the trajectory.

    If there are 300 bullets in a 16 PR. Shrapnel, and the angle

    of the cone be 1 in 4, then for firing at men standing the

    cross section of the cone should be 150 square yards,

    at men kneeling 100 square yards, and at men lying

    45 square yards, which fixes the proper distance of the

    point of burst from the target at 52 yards 44 and 40 yards

    respectively

    So that we see that the  bess  target each man exposes

    the closer up should the shrapnel burst, irrespective

    of whether the men are one yard apart or ten

    N.B

    In practice it is quite impossible to observe the distance

    from the target at which the shrapnel bursts, we can

    only observe the height


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