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POLL: Is Gribeauval Over-Rated?


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Fire at Will writes:

Gribeauval is appropriately rated for his time his work was done in the late C18 and the equipment lasted through into the Napoleonic period. By the standards of C18 artillery equipment he made great advances. The Congreve carriage used by the British in the Napoleonic Wars was superior but it was designed later.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
definitely over-rated
17
8%
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somewhat over-rated
31
14%
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he is appropriately rated
65
30%
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somewhat under-rated
5
2%
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definitely under-rated
3
1%
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not a Napoleonic gamer
47
22%
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no opinion
50
23%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

In First Empire 79, Dave Hollins contends that Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval's reputation as an artillery innovator is a myth:

Pick up most books on artillery and you will find that he is credited as the father of Napoleonic artillery and the engineer, who made key advances and modifications to the pieces themselves...
...it is not hard to see that Gribeauval is getting rather more credit than he deserves.

Is Gribeauval over-rated?