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  • n. any mixture of stones and old iron, put into a wooden case and fired from a cannon as an anti-personnel weapon

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Examples

  • This was a small case-shot because the gun, a six pounder, was the biggest that could be worked up the steep hill-slope.

    Sharpe's Sword

  • An artillery officer on the Lesser Arapile saw the case-shot leave the smoke, he saw it as the faintest trace of a grey pencil-like line in the air and then it exploded, just over the far edge of the Greater Arapile, and it was a black-grey air burst shot through with deep red and the ground beneath and ahead of the explosion was spattered by the lead balls and the shattered casing.

    Sharpe's Sword

  • A gunner pushed a spherical case-shot into the barrel.

    Sharpe's Sword

  • This was a small case-shot because the gun, a six-pounder, was the biggest that could be worked up the steep hill-slope.

    Sharpe's Sword

  • Langridge—A type of artillery ammunition for use at close range; irregular pieces of iron packed like case-shot; especially used at sea to destroy rigging.

    THE CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON

  • Rather, his artillerymen went up fast into closest range, and by actually annihilating a portion of the enemy line with case-shot fire, covered the assault so effectively that columns of cavalry and infantry reached the gap without striking a blow!

    Artillery Through the Ages A Short Illustrated History of Cannon, Emphasizing Types Used in America

  • The infantry, armed with its own comparatively long-range firearm, was usually able to keep artillery beyond case-shot range, and cannon had to stand off at such long distances that their primitive ammunition was relatively ineffective.

    Artillery Through the Ages A Short Illustrated History of Cannon, Emphasizing Types Used in America

  • Shrapnel-shell or spherical case-shot is intended to exceed the range of canister, and is to be used only under the same circumstances, but at an increased distance.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • Canister or case-shot, prepared for immediate use, are supplied for all guns, including boat and field howitzers, and are effective at short distances against boats or exposed bodies of men; they may be used also, under favorable circumstances, against the tops of an enemy.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • As soon as the troops came in sight of the convent, a desultory fire of case-shot made great havoc in the ranks of the resident Chinese volunteers forming the British vanguard.

    The Philippine Islands

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