Vienna, 9 Dec 1808.
A formal parade was held at the Austrian barracks today to hand over a number of new artillery pieces for the Austrian forces.
4 batteries of 6lb cannon of foote were unveiled before an appreciative audience.
|These are brand new cannon, unfired and un-soiled by soot (or Vallejo black glaze for that matter)
|Especially polished for the occassion, the gun barrels were greatly admired by all observers.
|As so were the brass rails on the gun carraige .. and the leather of the seating was clean and brightly polished. Lovely !
|After drinks were served, the Quatermaster General of Artillery then unveiled the latest masterpiece - a stunning foote cannon of 12lb calibre.
|Shock and Awe was the order of the day as the audience viewed this shiny new apparatus of devastation.
|The sight of this magnificent weapon caused some visible concern to the French Ambassador.
|Surely no troop could stand before the might of this weapon.
|A closer view of the advanced aiming apparatus for this enormous 12lb cannon.