Artillery: The Battle Of The Siege Of Yorktown

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Artillery can trace its beginnings all the way back to 400 B.C. with the invention of the catapult. Using a mechanical action to hurl large objects, usually stone, to breach fortified positions and cause mass casualties with an object from a long distance. Artillery has been a vital asset in every major battle around the world since then. The Siege of Yorktown was a key event in artillery history. The battle demonstrated that a well-planned strategy involving artillery could defeat a superior, fortified enemy very efficiently. The continuous bombardment of British positions for nine days suppressed the British and prevented them from organizing any effective counter-fire. The mobility, accuracy and superior number of siege cannons allowed

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