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Artillery Master

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A description of how important science and mathematics were to the artillery in calculating distance and trajectory of a shot together with how much gunpowder is needed.

I’m an Artillery Master, but few understand what I truly am. I’m a scientist and a mathematician, well how else do you think I could gauge the distance and trajectory of each shot as well as how much powder’s needed to propel a certain weight of shot to the target. Take this bullet it weighs four pounds. Now I know exactly how much gunpowder is needed to propel this ball lets say three hundred yards, but what’s important is that when it arrives at the other end it still has enough energy to knock down the enemy or smash into a wall to splinter the stone. It’s no good going through the whole business to only kill a single man or scratch a wall. My job in battle is to kill as many of the enemy at a distance with one shot, then I can reload quickly and fire again adjusting the range as we go. In a siege on a castle or town I can send red-hot shot into the target to fetch it on fire. If needed, I can use a mortar to fire explosive iron balls onto castle walls to destroy them. I’m really lucky you know, I get paid a fortune to do this job and I get to have lots of fun.
17th Century
English Civil War
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Artillery master
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