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a minute to approximately three and hurt his ability to defend himself while he loaded the awkward device The shortcomings associated with these muzzleloaders were in a large part responsible for the style of battlefield tactics of the daySmokeless gunpowder was the next major advancement to affect gun development Smokeless gunpowder led to the development of cartridge bullets These bullets enabled the lead shot to be pre-packaged with the gunpowder and dramatically shortened the time involved with reloading Additionally the cartridge bullets were more streamlined than their predecessors and allowed the opportunity to pack more gunpowder with each shot This additional gunpowder provided greater accuracy over longer distances than would have been imaginable during the time of Napoleon Without the development of cartridge bullets the Winchester repeating rifle would not have been possible The use of smokeless gunpowder would also enable the artillery to move from cannon balls to shellsDuring all the pre-modern wars the style of battle was fairly simple on the surface The aggressor army would position itself to attack its opponent Once the aggressor had both its artillery and archery units in place it would open fire on the enemy This bombardment would continue until the leaders felt that they had sufficiently softened up their opponents line of defense At this point the enemy would be attacked on foot by the infantry During the attack it was essential for the infantrymen stay in their ranks and maintain the line The line consisted of three rows of infantrymen A weak spot in the lines would lower the concentration of fire that the opponent received Once the line reached the appropriate range they would open fire The front line would fire their weapons and kept the fire going while the other two lines reloaded After the front line had fired it would shift to the back The line behind them would then step forward and fire This was done in fairly quick progression as
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