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POLL: Congreve Rockets at Waterloo: Wasted Opportunity?


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VOTING RESULTS
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major difference
7
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minor difference
59
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no difference
92
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no opinion
21
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POLL DESCRIPTION

Richard Tennant concludes a well-written article in First Empire #93 on the subject of rockets in the Napoleonic Wars with an interesting quote from Richard Glover's Peninsular Preparations, which reads in part:

...its portability might have made it an ideal supporting arm for the infantry battalion commander to have under his control. Had a dozen men in each infantry battalion been trained to use rockets, and equipped with no more rounds than one pack-horse could carry, they might have made a very different Waterloo.

A wasted opportunity may then be the verdict on Congreve's rockets.

If employed with the infantry, what impact do you think Congreve's rockets would have made at Waterloo?