|Prussian artillery from 1870, 28mm figures from Wargames Foundry.|
Artillery was THE decisive arm for the Prussians in the war against France in 1870-71. In terms of small-arms, the French Chassepot rifle was the class of the period. But the French artillery enjoyed no such advantage. The French artillery was obsolescent and plagued by things like dud fuses. On the other hand, while the Prussian infantry rifles were greatly out-classed by their French opponents, the Prussian artillery arm was kitted out with the latest-and-greatest of the era - steel breech-loading rifled artillery. Manufactured by Krupp, the Prussian guns of 1870 were far more deadly and useful than the pieces of the French Imperial Army, and the Prussian army made full use of this advantage during the invasion of France.
|While painting artillery is far from my favourite activity, I do love the 28mm figures from Wargames Foundry.|
|Bit of a stretch to have these on a table in 28mm, but whatever - they will look cool, that is what counts.|
|Excellent animation in the castings.|
|"French sighted - fire!"|
"Ahh, Lili. Lili, Lili, Lili, guns, Lili, Lili... I cannot finds the words to truly express my joy at the rekindling of our association!"
"Come on, Lamarr, let's get down to bwass tacks. What do you want me to do?"
"I want you to destroy the French in St. Privat. You think you can do it?"
"Is Bismark a hewwing? Vhy don't you admit it, Franzy? Krupp's too much of artillery for you. I know. You're going to need an army to beat him! You're finished. Fertig! Verfallen! Verlumpt! Verblunget! Verkackt!"
While the products of the fertile . . . furnaces . . . of Messers Krupp are often given sole credit for the Franco-Prussian War, I suspect it was less the technology and more the tactics. The French were not overmatched that much in artillery (with twelve batteries and two Mitrailleuses to twelve batteries at the Corps level), but the Corps artillery was not used with the same aggression as German. And so the Chassepot became the counterbattery weapon of choice. I would certainly suggest they belong on the table.
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