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By Duncan B Campbell

Когда тактика осады стала неотъемлемым условием успеха в войне, генералы перед инженерами и учеными поставили задачу разработать тактику, прорыва обороны и блокады города с помощью фокусов и обмана. Это увлекательное исследование отслеживает изменения в тактике осады от Древней Персии (6 веке до н. э.) до осад, осуществляемых Римом 2-й век до нашей эры), описывая широкий спектр оборудования и техники, которые использовались в этот период.

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Although the Russian battle line had a greater number of heavy guns, the Japanese fire quickly began to gain the upper hand for two reasons. First, the Japanese quick-firing guns were together firing over 300rpm at the two lead Russian ships, which led to a large number of hits. Second, the Japanese were using high explosive shells that succeeded in inflicting significant damage on the upper works of their targets, while the Russians were firing mostly armor-piercing rounds at their enemy's hulls, with many rounds landing short of the taL'get.

Other navies also went through this dangerous phase with volatile new explosives; the French navy lost the battleships lena in 1907 and Liberti in 1911 to magazine explosions, as did the Royal Navy's Bulwark in 1914. 75 The Japanese also committed themselves fully to incorporating newly developed British rangefinders, telescopic sights and fire-control techniques, but these only gave them an advantage when combat occurred at 6km or less. Following the British example, the Japanese opted to concentrate their armor protection to cover the central battery, while the Russians emphasized recent French concepts and maximized protection at the waterline and below, to protect against mines and torpedoes.

No Russian battleships suffered serious fire damage battleships and three cruisers versus four Japanese battleships and three cruisers. This battle was particularly unusual in that firing began ar the unheard-of range of 13km and most at Yellow Sea, which explains why no battleships were lost. Japanese performance at Yellow Sea was hindered by poor command and control, with Togo having great difficulty in getting his cruisers and torpedo boats into the action. 5km. Despite the fact that neither side's rangefinders or training effective single line of battle and its crews were adequately trained to keep in the fight.

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