Notes on Tactics: Artillery Tactics
Marius Bester (3)
 

In this article, the third and last in the series, Marius Bester provides us with a general overview of Cavalry tactics.
 

a) Use each type of artillery for the job it was designed for.

b) Two main uses for artillery are:

b1) Support of other troops;

b2) Physical and moral destruction of the enemy.

c) Artillery's place in the line of march is very important and should be determined by:

c1) Range of the guns;

c2) Accuracy of the guns;

c3) Manoeuverability of the guns.

d) Artillery must be able to deploy as quickly a possible when the need arises so that it can:

d1) stop the enemy from launching an attack before your force is in a position to reply;

d2) draw enemy fire away from deploying troops.

e) The place of artillery deployment is important. Keep in mind that:

e1) effective observation is needed when using artillery as close support (you don't want to hit your own troops);

e2) Approaches to artillery positions must be protected (by using other troops and/or open terrain between artillery and the enemy);

e3) Access to roads can be important as most artillery is generally not very manoeuvrable;

e4) Concentration of firepower at the critical point is of utmost importance.

f) Artillery sometimes take time to reach maximum efficiency, while it may become necessary to move your artillery, don't do so just for the sake of it.

g) Both to save ammunition and to stay unobserved the choice of target is important.

h) Artillery works best against large targets and massed infantry.