Sharpe's Company: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 Setting & Symbolism

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Carcass

A carcass is a form of incendiary missile weapon intended to be not only dangerous but also to illuminate an area. During the assault on Badajoz the French employ numerous carcasses to throw back the English as well as giving illumination for the French musketeers. Typically, a carcass would be fired from cannon, but in the novel the term is used for any large flaming mass thrown at, or rolled toward, the British.

Canister

Canister is a type of ammunition used in field and naval guns instead of the more-traditional cannonball. Canister is composed of a thin metal or wire wrapping that holds together numerous smaller projectiles, usually lead balls similar to a musket ball. When fired, an internal charge detonates and causes the wrapping to disintegrate and the multiple balls begin to spread apart rapidly. Against hardened targets, canister is not effective. Against infantry, canister is...

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