Remarks on the organization of the British royal artillery

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Pagina 40 - Governor will adopt provisionally and recommend to the confirmation of his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the name and on behalf of His Majesty...
Pagina 40 - And for so doing, this shall be as well unto you, as to the auditors of...
Pagina 42 - General is to watch the progress of improvement in artillery, and to offer to the consideration of his superiors such suggestions or recommendations as may appear to him to be of importance. " The number of objects calling for the constant attention of the Director-General, in the discharge of the duties above mentioned, may be in some degree estimated by the fact, that even in time of peace 4,000 pieces of stationary ordnance, with their carriages, stores, and ammunition, besides the artillery and...
Pagina 40 - Artillery in its various branches, to afford to the Director-General the assistance of other officers of our Royal Regiment of Artillery, whose local knowledge or professional information and experience may best qualify them for this duty ; it is our royal will and pleasure that committees of such officers do assemble from time to time, under your special authority, or that of our Master-General for the time being, as often as it shall be judged necessary to require their opinions, either at Woolwich...
Pagina 4 - So that there would not only be a great saving of men, but there would also be greater economy and efficiency in the system ? — I think so.
Pagina 5 - ... which was not the case before ; and every man also is now equal to the duty of either a gunner or a driver : therefore it is that I have not the least doubt of the benefit that must arise from the change, in the event of our being called upon again to take the field."* The distinction established in 1793 between the gunner and the driver of Horse Artillery still remains to be removed.
Pagina 4 - General, that it would be necessary, in the event of a war, to re-establish the corps of artillery drivers, with the proportion of officers which they had during the war, or do you consider that the present system, established by the Duke of Wellington, has perfectly answered ? — The change made by his Grace the Duke of Wellington, doing away altogether with the corps of artillery drivers, had attracted my particular attention.
Pagina 4 - ... attracted my particular attention. As a cavalry officer, I confess I felt considerable doubts whether it would be possible to make the gunners of the artillery equal to the duties that they would be called upon to perform as drivers ; since, therefore, I have held the situation of Master-General, I have felt it my duty to look into the effects of the change, and observe well how it has worked ; and I have no hesitation in saying, that I think it is a most advantageous measure, and that, in the...
Pagina 43 - And the correspondence, the examination of reports and returns, and the calculations, which cannot fail to arise out of a superintendence so widely extended, must, of course, be very great. " It must be obvious from what has been above stated of the duties of the Director-General, that they are such as to demand the union of much professional knowledge and experience with constant vigilance and assiduity, and that they involve also a very high degree of military responsibility.
Pagina 42 - Director-General, in the discharge of the duties above mentioned, may be in some degree estimated by the fact, that even in time of peace 4,000 pieces of stationary ordnance, with their carriages, stores, and ammunition, besides the artillery and equipments of the field train and the reserves, require his vigilant superintendence. And the correspondence, the examination of reports and returns, and the calculations, which cannot fail to arise out of a superintendence so widely extended, must, of course,...

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