(October 23rd. 1914).
RAPIDITY OF FIRE AND ITS MEASURE. ARMOUR IN ITS RELATION TO ARMAMENT.
§ 49. Rapidity of Fire and its Measure. The measure of the rapidity of gun-fire from an aeroplane or dirigible as an index of its fighting value depends upon the nature of the objective or target. in
some cases the mere number
the most important factor,
which a hit
example, in attacking
a hit whether the projectile
any reasonable relation
weight of the
weight of projectiles discharged per
projectile, the total
second (or per minute) affords a better criterion.
of the comparatively flimsy it
of projectiles per
In other cases, where the mischief
be large or small.
fragile nature of aircraft,
discharge will ever be of the importance which
the case of the battleship, where the destruction of the
of foot-tons with ful
very large extent upon the number
whether a factor representing the horse-power of the
aeroplane, will have any useful significance. scarcely
fighting-machine can be furnished with complete bulletproof protection,
effective at short range.
considered may take it quite unimportant whether the bullets used in
destruction be of the u.sual British 215 grains or the