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Following and expanding on from Mike L's comment the short answer will be we don't know. Numbers of armies as quoted in works at or close to the time were often (always?) exaggerated, you know our guys only had 10,000 and the bad guys, they had a 100,000 and we still beat them. Camp followers and townsfolk could also get lumped into the count regardless of ...


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One major use of artillery was against fortifications / castles etc.. Actually that was the most important role of artillery in the 15-17th century, and had little importance in open battles. Brass cannons were major investments, but they became the main tool of siege, like e.g. in the case of Constantinople in 1453. To destroy thick walls, projected stone ...


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Actually, rockets are very different from artillery, even though they do somewhat the same things ("rain" death and destruction on enemies) from the air. Artillery fired out of "guns" is relatively accurate. That is, it can be counted on to hit a target a few miles away. A "rocket" couldn't be counted on to hit a specified target at ANY distance for most of ...


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To quote from Manual of Gunnery for Her Majesty's Fleet (1880): War Rockets This subject is at present under the consideration of a committee, the results obtained with Hale's rockets being considered most unsatisfactory. At present the 24-pr. rocket manufactured is Mark III., the later patterns having failed to meet the requirements of ...


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The premise is a bit off. Because actually, rocket artillery did become somewhat popular before the 20th century. Rockets were used to great effect in India, by the Kingdom of Mysore against forces of the British East India Company. The British in turn learnt from the Indians and developed their own rocket weaponry which went on to feature in the Napoleonic ...



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