Chapter 283, Siege Tower
In the next two days, the world is still peaceful, but the enemy camp looks like a big work site. It is very busy. Every day, many trees that have been felled are transported to the camp. Claude estimates that the enemy must be making a lot of siege equipment. I believe that when they launch the attack again, it is like a storm, and after a wave of waves, it is not so easy to get through this battle.
Claude’s suggestion for the two grassland golden eagle hovering over the castle every day has been implemented. A tight fishing net hangs over the top of the roof. Below are a few lambs and a group of chickens and ducks. These were originally raised in the gardens of the back area, and are now used as bait to lure the two grassland golden carvings.
The little lambs and chickens and ducks that have just moved are not suitable for life on the roof. After all, there are two natural enemies on the top of the head. The first day shivered and shivered in the corner, the next day was better, and occasionally began to move a few times on the rooftop. It may be that the two grassland golden eagle has not been down, or the top fishing net on the roof gave these little lambs and chickens a false sense of security, so in the evening these chickens and lambs became lively. There is also an appetite to eat the haystuffs thrown on the ground.
The two grassland golden eagle on the top of the head were obviously attracted by the prey on the roof. They had been hovering over the roof, but the position was still very high, and they were very cautious and did not easily slam down. Scree Major picked a small group of gunmen and ambushed them on the surrounding walls. Their goal was the two grassland golden carvings above.
Just before the two grassland golden sculptures fell into the trap, the enemy launched an attack.
“What is that?” The soldiers standing on the defensive tower of the city wall slammed the iron plate in a panic. The loud combo said that the situation was urgent and the enemy was about to attack the castle.
“God is on the top, they actually created three siege towers…” The second brigade’s captain, Hemllin Captain, opened his mouth in surprise. Not only him, but everyone who saw the enemy’s launch on the wall had a stunned feeling of ghosts.
Through the ruined village, you can see three giants moving in the distance in an unusually slow movement. Claude raised the monocular and the real face of the three giant towers appeared in the frame. How to say it, this is more like a tower-type building built with three bundles of logs. The following sections are the largest. Compared with the previous dozens of cows and the cattle driving people, Claude estimates that there are about five or six meters wide and four or five meters high. The middle part is about three meters wide and three or four meters. Height, the top part is two meters wide and two meters high…
On both sides of the bottom are a row of solid large wooden wheels. Even if there are more than a dozen healthy cows in front, the speed is still very slow. The main reason is that the outside of this so-called siege tower is all closely arranged. Large logs look very heavy.
“Armor preparation, the foremost tower of the target, firing!” Scree Major had no choice but to ask other people’s opinions and directly ordered the light infantry artillery placed in the city wall and the defensive tower to open fire on the front of the behemoth. Between two or three hundred meters apart, it is the lightest infantry artillery that fires the most powerful range of live ammunition.
The sound of the rumble of the rumblings became a piece, and the city was filled with smoke.
Claude had to find an empty space that was not covered by smoke, and continued to look at the foremost tower in the front with a monocular. The first round of shelling of the twelve light infantry artillery shots hit only seven or eight targets, and the giant siege tower stopped moving forward. It is a pity that this is not the siege tower destroyed by artillery. Claude sees it very clearly. The live ammunition hitting the tower is just a light shock to the tower and then takes away a bark where the log was hit. , leaving only a few white dots on the logs coated with wet mud…
The reason why the siege tower stopped moving forward was very simple. One of the dozen or so cows that were pulled in front was hit by a shell and fell to the ground, causing the cows to panic. Several cattle-hunting soldiers were putting the head The cow that was killed by the shells was unloaded from the rope and pulled the horse to prepare to pull the cow to the open space next to it, so as not to block the road on the siege tower.
Twelve light infantry artillery pieces on the wall were fired three times and then had to stop. No way, the smoke shielded the entire city wall. No one could see the target to be targeted. He had to stop firing and wait for the wind to take the smoke away. Only after the smoke dissipated, the talents on the city wall found that the foremost tower in the distance was not completely damaged except for the dozens of white spots on the front row of logs.
It’s useless. Although the light infantry artillery can reach six or seven hundred meters, but only the solid artillery iron pellets of the size of a fist are only three to five kilograms in weight. Playing on such a huge siege tower is like scratching it. , it didn’t work at all…
“Open the cannon, hit the cattle that are pulling in front, don’t let the siege tower be close to the city wall!” Claude yelled, letting the light infantry artillery continue to aim at the cattle in front of the tower to open fire. Can’t destroy these three siege towers, then don’t let them get close to the city wall.
The artillery on the wall once again roared. Only one round, the dozen or so cows that dragged the siege tower in front fell down by a large part, and the remaining few cows were scared to run around. The soldiers who drove these healthy cows also suffered one death and one injury in this round of shelling. The remaining few quickly squatted on the ground and climbed behind several broken walls.
The artillery fired again after two rounds of shooting. The foremost tower in the forefront had no one to be used to pull the cow. It was not killed or the rope was broken.
Scree Major is very satisfied with Claude’s previous instructions. The siege tower is not close to the city wall and there is no threat to the castle: “Okay, stop the shelling, pay attention to the alert. If the enemy wants to move the siege tower, they will shell the cattle. ……”
But before the words were finished, they heard a cannon, and a sharp whistling sound was far and near. A cannonball swept over the front wall and squatted on the back of the castle wall, and collapsed two exterior bricks.
Turning around, I saw a white smoke on the second floor of the giant siege tower in the distance. The enemy was also the light infantry artillery that was moved to the middle of the siege tower, leaning against a gun window. Started shelling the castle.
“Concealed, pay attention to the enemy’s shelling!” Hem McLean Captain yelled, bent down and hid his body behind the wall. Soldiers standing on the wall were empty, no one dared to show their bodies, and they all hid.
The enemy’s three siege towers began to shell the castle, but there were no birds to use, and they were all light infantry artillery. The projectiles that were launched could only leave a small pit on the wall. There were two artillery pieces on top of a siege tower. Five or six rounds found no effect, and naturally stopped the shelling.
Then the enemy drove a group of healthy cows to move forward and pulled the siege tower forward, and then was fired by a shelling of artillery on the wall.
The big man Jamie is envious of his mouth: “They can eat a lot of beef at noon…”
The enemy tested twice in the morning, but under the interception of the shelling, there was no way to drive the cattle to the front to pull the siege tower. Even if they later pushed a few wooden slats in front of them, the artillery on the wall would be able to bombard the cattle without any effort. In the morning, such a stalemate, the enemy’s three siege towers stuck in the streets of the village, not allowed to enter.
At about two in the afternoon, the Eskilin Infantry Regiment launched a large-scale offensive, dispatched a battalion of troops, and launched more than forty new well-built wooden rafters, which were arranged in several rows in the village. Go to the 100-meter open space between the castles. There are as many as fifteen or six wooden carts arranged in front of the trenches, and almost all of the 50-meter-wide walls in front of the front gates are included in their effective range. Moreover, the wooden rafts that they pushed to the front also had a roof, which effectively protected the soldiers who fired on the wall after hiding behind the raft.
At the same time as the enemy launched an attack, the enemies in the village were rushing to drive the cattle to the front of the siege tower. Obviously, they launched this large-scale attack to disperse the firepower on the city wall. In addition, they also used the wooden row cars that came close to the city wall to cover the nurses to shoot at the city, to suppress the firepower on the wall and eliminate the guns. .
Today is the second largest team responsible for guarding the front gate wall. Hem Kelly Captain is an officer who is used to such formal defensive and offensive play. He is commanding in an orderly manner and is not confused. First, the four light infantry artillery pieces that were placed in the defensive tower on the left and right sides continued to bombard the cattle in the village and resolutely prevented the enemy from moving the siege tower. Then there are six shots of eight rounds of artillery shells placed on the wall, bombarding the wooden rafts in front of the castle, and even if they can’t break the logs that make the shields, they must also blast the tops.
The last two light infantry artillery guns were loaded with a left side and a right side of the ball. This was a nightmare for the enemy who used the woodcar to cover the city. They could prevent the front and the top, but they could not stand it. On the side, every shot of the bounce has caused a lot of damage to the enemies under the castle…
The soldiers of the second brigade rarely had the chance to fire, and most of them waited for orders after the wall. It’s not that they don’t want to shoot, but the city’s head of smoke has become a piece, and nothing can be seen. The same is true for the enemy, shooting up with their eyes closed, which will be exactly what the aiming shot is. Twelve artillery pieces were fired constantly, and the smoke was thick and foggy. Even those few guns, they only bombarded the enemy’s wooden row cars according to their impressions.
After basically six rounds of artillery bombardment, Hem McLean Captain will order them to stop firing. One is to let the artillery barrel cool down, and the other is to wait for the wind to blow away the smoke from the city to let yourself observe. By the way, let the soldiers hide behind the wall at this time and then make precise aiming shots to suppress the enemy, familiar with such a garrison mode.
Because the four guns in the defensive towers on the left and right sides have been suppressing the enemies in the village, they are not allowed to use the cattle to pull the siege tower, and finally the enemy gave up the plan and used the artillery in the siege tower to bombard the city wall. . The four artillery in the defensive tower does not need to be against the siege tower. That is no one who can’t help. You can only lower the muzzle to bombard the wooden row car on the open space in front of the castle, and at the same time pay attention to the movement in the village. As long as the enemy intends to drive the cattle, he will immediately turn around and blast the village…
All in all, one afternoon’s offense and defense played very lively and fierce, but all the artillery was singing. Seeing that the sky is going to be late, the enemy has left more than a hundred bodies to evacuate, and the wooden row cars on the open space in front of the castle have also been shattered by more than 20 vehicles. The second battalion on the wall also suffered more than 20 casualties. Most of them were enemies who were near the wall and hid behind the raft. The guns were mostly crowded. They were very easy when they fired. Exposure to the body and shooting by the enemy.
The most unfortunate is a light infantry artillery placed on the wall. The six artillery on the enemy siege tower played for more than an hour. More than a dozen rounds of artillery shells were fired. Most of them were not hitting empty or bombing on the wall. In the last two or three rounds of shelling, a fist-sized solid projectile hit the light infantry artillery, hitting the barrel and injuring two gunners. For the battalion of the Guards, this was the biggest loss in this battle and was destroyed by an artillery.
If you look at the number of casualties, this battle battalion should have won a big victory. The hundreds of bodies left by the enemy prove that this is still dead, and those who have escaped and escaped are not counted. It is estimated that the casualty ratio should be around one to ten. But the sky was dim and the night fell. The commanders of the battalion of the battalion were mostly not very good-looking. This night, the enemy will use the dark cover to move the three siege towers forward.
Two or three hundred meters apart, the six artillery on the enemy’s three siege towers have already caused a great threat to the defense on the wall. If you let the three siege towers of the enemy move to a distance of 70 to 80 meters, let alone the bombing of the bombs can cause devastating fatal damage to the defenders on the front gate wall.
Once there are no garrisoned soldiers on the front wall, the enemy can take the opportunity to launch a city attack. If the front wall is occupied by the enemy’s offensive forces, then the enemy can use the advantage of the force to open the door and attack the castle, or continue to attack along the wall, and the battalion of the downstream battalion is difficult to keep the castle.
For the battalion of the Guards, the biggest threat is the three huge siege towers, and the bombardment of the light infantry artillery they equipped can’t do without them. The enemy’s artillery is placed in the middle of the siege tower. First, it flattens the advantage of the defender’s condescending position on the wall, and the cover of the siege tower logs cannot be destroyed. Rather, they pose a great threat to the artillery and guard soldiers who are placed on the wall of the battalion. The artillery that was destroyed today is a good proof.
There are different opinions. Some people have proposed to build log rafts on the walls to cover soldiers and artillery. The problem is that there is not much wood in the castle. Some people hoped that the soldiers would be able to collect the logs from the wrecked woodcars in the afternoon, but Scully Major was worried that the enemy would find a chance to launch a night attack, which led him to lose sight of him. Finally he looked at Claude.
Claude sighed and said: “At night, some soldiers will go out from the side door, collect the wooden row car in front of the wall along the trench, and pull it up from the wall below with the rope. There is no need to open the main entrance. The other one is to send some people, let me bring Team, sneak into the village to see if there is any chance to burn the three siege towers.”