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From:     Ken Lipka <klipka@????.com>
Date:     Thu, 14 Dec 95 7:47:47 EST
Subject:  Re: Exploding Cannonballs
Thomas O Magann Jr. wrote:
>
> Leroy Van Camp III wrote:
> >    Does anyone know if any of the SJ books indicate that bombard shot
> >explodes?  Has anyone changed it so they do?
>
> They don't, but you could always make them hollow and full of smokepowder.
>
	As far as I remember, SJ doesn't say one way or the other wether or
not bombard shot is explosive.  I, too, always got the impression that they
were the stereotypically solid ball.  However, on a HISTORICAL basis....

(Note, I am not a true historian.  However, I have had some history classes,
watched "Gettysburgh" a lot, and taken a class with a teacher who has live
ammo from the Civil War in a freezer in his basement.  What follows is what
little I remember and have interpreted.)

	Historically, cannonballs were of three types.  The first is what
everyone thinks of with the word "cannonball" - a solid sphere of iron that
just plows through anything in its path.  The second is the exploding cannon-
ball whose existance is questioned above.  As Thomas stated, they were hollow
and filled with gunpowder.  They also had a fuse in them (like a cartoon bomb).
This ammo was primarily used in mortars.  As most soldiers could probably tell
you, the damage from this shell wasn't so much from the explosion itself, but
from the shrapnel of the casing.
	The third type (that I am aware of) is a ball per se - rather, it is
a collection of small balls.  This type is known as "grapeshot" or "canister".
Essentially, it turns any cannon into an industrial-sized shotgun.  Very useful
against people.  At Gettysburgh (and I think Anteitem), the defending side
ended up using TRIPLE Canister against the charging troops.  (Put three shells
in the same barrel and fire.)

	So, for SJ, the designers were probably thinking of the solid shot.
The jettison is an early version of canister (just not as effective when
propelled by a catapult vs. gunpowder).

	Ken Lipka
	klipka@????.com




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SubjectFromDate (UTC)
Exploding Cannonballs    Leroy Van Camp III    14 Dec 1995 03:35:29
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    14 Dec 1995 03:45:04
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Ken Lipka    14 Dec 1995 12:47:47
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Leroy Van Camp III    14 Dec 1995 13:16:26
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Paul Westermeyer    14 Dec 1995 17:34:17
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Eugene Shumu1insky    14 Dec 1995 19:24:45
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    14 Dec 1995 21:58:42
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Leroy Van Camp III    14 Dec 1995 23:33:47

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