When Americans stormed ashore in Normandy, their troops also shot high until they figured out the germans were seriously trying to kill them, and were pretty good at it.
The Americans soon turned it around.
You are spot on with this, but you need to be careful quoting modern day issues ( the wjc pc police) and the N word is a No No. Please do not use the Germany N word but I guess wjc doesn't monitor these threads.When Americans stormed ashore in Normandy
I see. I'm still a relative neophite really, thanx for the heads-up.You are spot on with this, but you need to be careful quoting modern day issues ( the wjc pc police) and the N word is a No No. Please do not use the Germany N word but I guess wjc doesn't monitor these threads.
That ballistics chart tells the story very well why so many commanders told their men to fire low. With the heavy bullets that were in use during the Civil War, shots traveled an arching trajectory thus it was hard to use your sights on the point where you wanted your shot to hit, especially at longer distances. I remember reading that at even close distances of 100 yards or less, men were often told to aim at the belt buckles of the men that they were shooting at.The trajectory of the minnie ball had a singular parabolic arc. The rings of the bullet damped any wobble, but gave it a drag coefficient that resulted in a relatively steep drop at the end of its flight. As a result, its trajectory was a looping parabolic arc rather than steady decline you would expect. Spencer Sober of the 105th Ohio wrote home about target practice after the Battle of Perryville. A piece of paper was tacked to a big tree & the men took turns shooting at it. ( I will dig out the distance) The result was a large chunk of bark knocked off the tree trunk above the target & only a small number of hits in the paper.
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www.whitemuzzeloading.com/long range muzzleloading.htm Is an excellent source for an expert description of this phenomena.
"To hit a target at 225 yards, a soldier had to set his sights at 300 yards & aim below the feet of the target. Line officers, both Confederate & Union, dealt with the difficulty of hitting a target two hundred yards away in a straight forward way. They didn't try. They ordered their men to set their sights for 100 yards & only shoot at 150 yards or less."
In time, veteran soldiers mastered their weapon & were able engage at longer distances. However, the parabolic trajectory of the relatively slow bullet was still a challenge to even the most experienced veteran.
There are many incidences where defenders worked in teams to maintain a high rate of fire. It only seems logical that the best shots would be favored, but with the military who knows?Thanks everyone. While we are on it, is it true that veteran troops in a defense line would have the best shots do all the shooting and the rest do the loading?
I think that happened mainly in trenches or fortifications, particularly if there was a firing step. Rather than have everyone stepping up to fire and back to reload, it was easier to pass the weapons.Thanks everyone. While we are on it, is it true that veteran troops in a defense line would have the best shots do all the shooting and the rest do the loading?
|Distance in Yards||Height of Target in Feet||Width of Target in Inches|
|150 and 225||6||22|
|225 and 300||6||44|
|325, 350, and 400||6||66|
|450 and 500||6||88|
|550 and 600||6||110|
If you want a giggle check out the estimated hit rates of the ACW and then Viet Nam. Some things never change.I don't remember the exact statistic, but under CW conditions and firearms, the chances of any single shot hitting a target was maybe something like 1 in 150? Does anyone have the exact number?
Excellent graphic. The only other explanatory text I might suggest attaching to the graphic "NOT TO SCALE" (inches on the Y-axis and yards on the X-axis). The parabolas look pretty extreme on the chart. But then again, maybe its purpose is to first just get your attention. If that's the case, it certainly does that!The trajectory of the minnie ball had a singular parabolic arc.