Sulla wrote:Hia Guys,
Ok, lets get some grey matter working ]"YOU"[/B] consider to be the 3 most important factors within this time period that shaped the military?
These can be doctrinal/tactical/hardware etc. What created the turning points at any proint bewteen 1600 - 1900?
Senior Drill wrote:Humm, sure, if you want to credit myths, but that is completely outside the range of the original question. 1600's to 1900's.
I think that the greatest development came in the 1500's with the refinement of casting bronze cannon from clay molds rather than the lost wax method and the further refinement in the 1600's of cooling from the bore out via a water circualtion system that eliminated the problems of contraction. This allowed foundries to make cannon much faster with far fewer bad pours that had to be re-melted.
The increased production of bronze cannons in the late 1500's and throughout the 1600's changed the balance of infantry to artillery on the battlefield and changed the very manner of war both on land and at sea.
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