RW Chapter 116

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Chapter 116 War for Border Town (Part 2)

It was not the case that the knights could charge from the beginning at their fastest speed, after all, horses were limited by their physical endurance, so they were only able to maintain their fastest speed for a short period of time. At a thousand or eight hundred meters they would begin to gradually increase their speed until they reached  five hundred meters away from their mark, only when they came within two hundred meters would they would start galloping.

While in theory, the twelve-pound Napoleonic cannon had an effective range of up to 1,300 meters if it used solid shells. Maybe because it only had half the diameter than normal, Rolands cannon only had an effective range of a thousand meters. As a result, the furthest distance his artillery group were allowed to open fire at was at eight hundred meters. At this distance, reaching the target area could be guaranteed, while at the same time the cannon balls would also bounce forward after hitting the ground. Resulting in line damage, with a high chance to kill multiple targets with a single shot.

In order to let the mercenary attack first, Duke Ryan had ordered his knight to step to the side letting them wait in an absolutely safe area, meaning an area where bows and crossbows were unable to reach the knights, but this distance was still close enough for an effective knight charge to be launched. Knowing of the low efficiency of the mercenaries, the knights were always ready to pull the horses reins, waiting for any resistance in one place. However, like this, they became an almost fixed target, for the artillery  group.

But the Duke certainly did not realise that by the time he ordered his troops to step aside , that they had already stepped onto Rolands prepared battlefield. While the middle of the road might have been flat and spacious, both of its sides were crammed with leaves and with other vegetation. What seemed from afar to be just ordinary grass, was in truth actually thick vines covered by a knee-deep layer of weeds, it was like a road plastered with natural tripwire. If the cavalry wanted to start a flanking assault on the defensive line, they would only be able to move forwards with a very slow degree of progress. The thousand-meter distance was clearly marked on the ground, it may not have been visible for the people on the ground, but to Lighting flying in the sky, it was clearly visible. The battlefield was precisely divided into several segments, and every differently colored mark represented a different distance the enemy was now just a ruler moving about on a chess board, which permitted the artillery group to shoot without having to calculate the barrel’s angle. They only had to go through the steps as they had implemented them during their training.

The cannon of Vaners group was the first to roar with fury.

A large amount of gas generated by the detonation of the gunpowder pushed the projectile outwards, and at the moment it flew out of the muzzle, it had already reached a speed of more than four hundred meters per second, so after two seconds, the shell had already almost reached the knights. Directly flowing through the group of knights and boring itself into the ground beside the road. Splashing soil and gravel into every direction and creating panic amongst the horses, one knight reacted a little too late and fell from his horse.

The following next two shells also missed their target and only created a lot of dust.

But the last group was able to get a lucky hit originally there was no one in its flight path, but a knight who was unable to gain back the control over his frightened horse happened to pass right into it. In front of this huge amount of kinetic energy, his armor existed in name only. The cannonball simultaneously pierced through the thin iron and human flesh, and after it bounced off the ground, it then hit another knight, cutting off his calf. Furthermore, it ended up penetrating through the horses chest under the knights hip and spreading its internal organs all over the ground.

If the Knight were in their normal phase of attack, the artillery group would need to adjust the angle of their shot, but the sudden blow had apparently shocked the whole coalition of the Dukes forces. They didnt know what had hit them, how could they the shell was too fast to be seen with the human eye. So the knights didnt receive the command to attack, instead, they were still pacing back and forth in their original location, trying to appease their skittish mounts.

It was once more Vaners group who was the fastest to complete the reloading process, starting the second round of shelling.

The new weapon exposed just how fragile and soft the human body really was, once hit by a passing iron ball, could cause injuries which were unable to get ever be healed. But when the rider was directly hit by it, in addition to him losing several limbs, it would also splash blood everywhere. Only when they were hit by the second round of artillery shells, were they finally able to make out a vaguely black shape, while it was taking the lives of their companions.

After the second round of shooting, the Duke was finally able to connect the fire and roaring sound in the enemys camp with the indescribable strike against his unit. It seemed the other side had gotten its hands on an incredible weapon, with a range much farther than a crossbow, almost like one of the strongholds trebuchets. Realizing this, the Duke immediately gave the order to sound the horns thinking that as long as they were able to come into close range, these long-distance weapons would also become useless.

The knights, however, when hearing the horns, showed several kinds of reactions. Some of them really rushed into the direction of Border Town, but others were still fighting with their own horses, while a small part of the knights was retreating toward the rear of the battlefield. Together with the mercenaries swarming around, the whole scene quickly turned into chaos.

When the attacking knights returned to the road, the artillery group suddenly became frantic, in addition, to clean up the barrel and reloading its ammunition, they also had to adjust their cannon. At this time, Lighting flew once more in the direction of the defense line, holding a red ribbon in her hands.

The red signal meant that the enemy was approaching the five hundred meters line, at this distance, the artillery hit rate would reach more than eighty percent.

Vaner shouted: “The shooting angle is correct! Quick, light the fuse, light the fuse!”

When the deafening roar could be heard once more, he didnt even look to see if they had hit anything, instead, he immediately turned toward the ammunition distribution staff and shouted: “canister, send in the canister shelling!

During the artillery training, His Royal Highness has repeatedly stressed the point, that when the red signal was hissed, even if the barrel was already loaded with solid shells, they should immediately shot and then reload with canister shells. In case that the barrel wasnt loaded, they should immediately fill it with canister shells, and then wait until the point where the enemy reached the three hundred mark.

The canister shells looked like a tin filled with thumb-sized balls and sawdust. To produce the canister shells, they first bore a hole into the tin, then they filled it with balls and sawdust, and then they stopped it with a thin piece of wood.

When Lighting finally showed the purple ribbon, the four artillery groups fired almost simultaneously.

This was also Vaners first time using the canister shells according to His Royal Highness, the wounds induced by canister shells were very difficult to heal, so they only practiced the loading procedure. So today it was also his first time seeing the amazing killing potential of these special shells.

Because of the huge pressure difference, the tin fractured into many pieces after it left the muzzle. The small iron balls inside of the tin fell like raindrops on the enemy, placing the knights three hundred meters away into the middle of a deadly metal storm, and turning the people and the horses into a bloody mist resembling the falling wheat as it was cut down. Some iron pellets after penetrating the knight’s bodies still had so much kinetic energy left that even the knights standing behind them werent able to escape either.

The knights lucky enough to survive the storm finally entered into sprinting distance, while only having one thought in their mind that was to break through this thin line of defense, and massacre those cowards who were only able to hide behind those cruel weapons. Only a short amount of time was needed to cover the last hundred and fifty meters, the knights were already lowering their bodies, pushing the horses to reach their highest speed.

However, this seemingly short distance of one hundred and fifty meters, turned into an uncrossable distance, the last round of firing of canister shells completely destroyed the last bit of their fighting will. In the range of one hundred meters, the solid iron balls were able to penetrate through as many as two to three people, turning the area in front of the cannon fire into a field of death. From the twenty knights riding at the forefront, almost none had been able to survive, the only difference between them lied in the amount of iron balls by which they had been hit.

The knight’s assault had completely collapsed.

Because the fear created by the collapse of the knight’s assault was so huge, the knights following attempted to turn around their horses wanting to flee the battlefield.

When they saw the knights scatter the mercenaries werent willing to take another step forward. They had always only been working for the money, but they immediately turned around when they saw how much they would have to pay. Now, at the moment of their retreat, they ran even much faster than they had during their attack.

When the wave of their crushing defeat swept over the dukedoms allied forces, the situation soon became impossible to control. The crowd had only one thought left, they had to flee. There were people who fell and were trampled to death, no one took the time to care for others, they only hated themselves for not being able to grow another pair of legs.

At this moment the melody of the Guerrilla warfare song resounded through the battlefield, and the lines of the infantry began to march in step, sweeping across the battlefield.


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  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, Cyrus L., Pablo V., and Landy! Can’t wait for him to “invent” the gatling gun. Then he can take the fight to the enemy camp and still wreck them no problem.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • MangoGuy

    but they are not necessarily going to try and takeover this border place for now..after all,with out someone to buy,what is coal?

  • Midnight2630

    wow not even the pirates of the caribbean´s shooters could have defeated an army with just cannons =p

    you talk about a lightning war?

  • MangoGuy

    i wouldnt because currently that duke or whatever is pretty desperate..he might inform the church which could take action.

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks~

  • MangoGuy

    I wonder if they will mistake the weapons to be witch powers?

  • R4nd0m

    this is exactly what happened on my Warhammer total war right now 😀 sweep all those knight using rifle muahahahaha so much fun. btw THANKS for the chapter ! 🙂

  • Kuru-Kuru Phantasma

    (Insert Oda Nobunaga’s qoute from Drifters about the true use of firearms here)

  • Ashente

    I’m wondering why he still didn’t make explosive shots.

    • LordofWar609

      the reason is simple he doesn’t have enough black powder for it yet

    • Because it’s really hard to make reliable explosive shells for a cannon? (Without blowing up said cannon, that is.)

    • Dramen

      explosive shots are notoriously unreliable since the probabilities of it either exploding mid-flight or unexploded in the field are much higher than just doing its job properly and exploding on the enemy due in part to probably to its fuse mechanisms or construction

  • Skuwaen

    Looks like the first rounds of empire: total war…

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Poor fellows

  • RonDan

    civilizationn war napoleon age vs spear age. total masscare,

    • shadowtrap2010

      Wait untill the machine gun come out… AMEN!!!
      i dont think he have what it take to make a nuke but a fake one would work enough!

      • Nnelg

        No, *definitely* no nukes. Setting aside the impossibility of uranium enrichment, if there’s even a 0.01% error in the design, the bomb won’t do much more than spread a bunch of radioactive material around.

        As for machine guns… There are a lot of hurdles he needs to overcome first. Percussion caps is a big one, because without those metal cartridges are impossible. But if he manages to overcome these issues, a hand-cranked gatling isn’t out of the question.

  • Luong

    thank you translator and thank you donars!

  • Paween Hinmuangkao

    The Artillery only fired three or four volley.

    First volley: 2 Shot hit. First volley has only 1 (or 2) hit. Van’er’s hit right in the middle of the formation, but no casualty were mentioned other than one knight fell from the horse (Presumably disabled). The last shell missed the formation but somehow managed to hit and killed a stray knight. The formation is now in chaos.

    Second volley: At lest one hit. No exact casualty count described. The formation broke into charging group, straggling group, and retreating group.

    Third Volley: Blind fire, just clearing the barrel. No casualty mentioned (should be minimal)

    Fourth Volley: Canister shells. Completely broke the charge and rout the whole army.

    How many cannons they have again? Four?

    They just rout a whole army with 16 shells fired.

    • Light

      Pretty sure they have more than that now, but I could be wrong. Also, the last shell was basically a shotgun though, and typical medieval warfare results in grouping up, meaning that you basically have 4 shotguns that can literally fire through multiple people, aimed at a bottleneck of about 20 horsemen.

      • Paween Hinmuangkao

        They still have only 4 cannons and the total death was only twenty. Earlier cannons and guns aren’t really best for dealing damage anyway. They were best in breaking the enemy morale and routing them. 4 Volley to rout knights which never knew cannon is believable, I’m just summarizing total shot fired.

        • mikebrand83

          The description is a bit confusing, but I think you’ve missed the 5th volley, which would be the second time they used canisters.

          • Paween Hinmuangkao

            They didn’t really coordinated the volley after the first volley though. I believe “The last round of firing of canister shells completely destroyed the last bit of their fighting will.” was just a late firing from slower cannon team.

            “In the range of one hundred meters, the
            solid iron balls were able to penetrate through as many as two to three
            people, turning the area in front of the cannon fire into a field of death.” The iron balls mentioned was a canister shell. Canister shell shoot smaller iron balls, smaller than solid shell, but they are still iron balls.

            • mikebrand83

              You can tell that they fired canister rounds twice based on the hints:

              When Lighting finally showed the purple ribbon, the four artillery groups fired almost simultaneously.
              […]
              The small iron balls inside of the tin fell like raindrops on the enemy, placing the knights three hundred meters away into the middle of a deadly metal storm, and turning the people and the horses into a bloody mist resembling the falling wheat as it was cut down.

              From the above, we know that the first volley of canisters was fired “almost simultaneously”, at a range of 300 meters.

              The knights lucky enough to survive the storm finally entered into sprinting distance, while only having one thought in their mind – that was to break through this thin line of defense, and massacre those cowards who were only able to hide behind those cruel weapons. Only a short amount of time was needed to cover the last hundred and fifty meters, the knights were already lowering their bodies, pushing the horses to reach their highest speed.
              […]
              In the range of one hundred meters, the solid iron balls were able to penetrate through as many as two to three people, turning the area in front of the cannon fire into a field of death.

              From that, we know that the knights who survived the “storm” was still eager to attack at this point, and was accelerating to full galloping speed when they got hit again, at a range of 100 meters.

  • MOHLT

    well… that was quick

    • Wrandral

      dayum shrapnel rounds!!! Can’t wait till Roland develop the first gatlings

      • noobengrish

        you have to wait until you die then because he first has to invent the shells. and if he invented the shells i bet he wil make loads of better rifles that have ammo clips and better rifles

        • Midnight2630

          if you doubt he will even build airplanes

  • Akabanenabaka

    I bet that Duke is realize how bad he fudged up right about now.

  • NP-3228

    now its infantry vs rifemen; well thats if the duke doesn’t cal for a retreat after his elites were totally decimated.

    • Paween Hinmuangkao

      Honestly, I hope Roland don’t go too hard on the infantry. Large part of infantry are recruits which don’t really care about the ruler. Killing them only kill his own future manpower and sow more unrest in his future city.

  • hashimishi

    so many release <3

  • Danis

    Moa4rrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • vijin thomas

    Ahh, I want jump off from this cliff!!!

  • Neruz

    Soldiers are the queen of the battlefield, artillery is the king. We all know what the king does to the queen.

    • ofcoursenot

      He makes babies with her

      • I am not a spoiler I swear

        I’m pretty sure he fucks her hard till she bears babies… male babies…

        • Psychronia

          Unless, of course, the soldier in question is a witch.
          In which case, would make the artillery a fruitless endeavor.

          • I am not a spoiler I swear

            It depends on what kind of witch and what powers they possess. A lot of them have support and semi-useless-except-for-mc magics. Some do have offensive magics but I don’t see how they could stop scattered balls of iron speeding through them, unless their magic has something to do with speed. That or they are like Lightning, just go to the skies and cannons will almost have an impossible time of taking them down.

            Also, by my logic, if the soldiers are witch, then they will be fucked forever, because they can’t bear babies… so there’s that…

          • Paween Hinmuangkao

            … Are you guys still talking about war?

            • Light

              I…don’t think so?

      • kulpot

        sexs is a war…..

    • leacherfag

      Penetration?

  • Khitman18

    Damn, I want moarrrr!!! Lol.