Cannoneer


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Cannoneer

 

in pre-Revolutionary Russia, a private in theartillery.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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He had sliced off the cannoneer's hand, lighted linstock and all.
Bill was a member of the "Greatest Generation" as he served during World War II in the 196th Artillery Field Unit of the United States Army as a cannoneer at the age of 19.
THAT EXPLAINS WHY YOUR CANNONEER IS A ONE-ARMED MAN.
--Jeff Crawley/"The Cannoneer" newspaper, Fort Sill
Surveying the terrain with a common-sense eye - and subtracting in my mind the modern houses and landscaping - I couldn't help but wonder at the folly of the repeated Union charges, which caused one Confederate cannoneer to famously remark, "A chicken could not live on that field when we open on it."
Instead the vacuum has been filled by punditry and polemics about the book's meaning--and by loose cannoneers firing off its catchphrases in all ideological directions.
They call it a Polish army, but look at these fusiliers, these sappers, these cannoneers and grenadiers!
Insightful glimpses of cannoneers, horse wranglers, and armorers instruct youth on the types of skilled labor involved in nineteenth-century warfare.
Artillerists, cannoneers, gunners--whatever title they assume--are a unique phylum of mankind.
We follow the conflict in Georgia from 1780 (when 17-year-old William Hunter joins the Cannoneers under Sergeant Ash) to his dramatic escape.
There's no question it exudes a pungent sulfuric smell (a property that early clerics were quick to take notice of in their condemnation of cannons and cannoneers, equating the reek of brimstone with things diabolical), produces copious quantities of white smoke (a real drag on the battlefield) and leaves considerable fouling, which can affect loading, accuracy and cleaning.