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22 Oct 2019 6:13 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Neapolitan artillery during the Second War of Independence." to "Neapolitan artillery during the Mille Expedition"

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Paskal Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2019 4:47 a.m. PST


Who knows the type of artillery equipment used by the Army of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies at the time of the Mille Expedition and the Second War of Independence?

Thanks you

khanscom22 Oct 2019 9:05 a.m. PST

From "Unit Organizations and Orders of Battle of the Great Armies of Europe, 1853- 1870" by J.W. Brown:

"… A battery contained eight pieces of ordnance. Two of the ordnance in each field battery were 6" howitzers, the remaining six guns were either 6 pounder smoothbores or rifled 6 pounders. There were a few batteries equipped with French LaHitte system rifled 4 pounders. The heavy batteries contained six 12 pounder smoothbores and two 5.6" long barreled howitzers…"

"… The Guard artillery had one battery of Horse Artillery. This battery had eight guns…"

His orders of battle show the following:

At Calatifimi: 1/2 foot battery with 6# smoothbores
At Milazzo: 1 foot battery with 6# smoothbores
At Volturno: 1/2 foot battery with 6# (not otherwise identified) and 1 heavy foot battery with 12# in the Royal Guard Division; 1 foot battery with 6# rifles, 1/2 heavy foot battery with 12#, 1/2 LaHitte battery with 4# rifles (may be horse artillery), 1 1/2 foot batteries with 6# rifles in the 2nd Cacciatori Division; 1 LaHitte battery with 4# rifles (may be horse artillery) and 1/2 foot battery with 6# smoothbores in the Reserve Cavalry Division.

Hope this helps a little.

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2019 2:22 a.m. PST

khanscom, congratulations and thank you, that's what I knew, there has never been a rifled 6 pounders guns with the Hitte system.

But I was surprised by what Gringo 40's sells for its Neapolitan artillery …

Something that never existed …

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