Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval
Engineer, Military Person
1715 – 1789
Who was Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval?
Lieutenant General Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval was a French artillery officer and engineer who revolutionized French cannon, creating a new production system that allowed lighter, more uniform guns without sacrificing range. His Gribeauval system superseded the de Vallière system. These guns proved essential to French military victories during the Napoleonic wars. Gribeauval is credited as the earliest known advocate for interchangeability of gun parts. He is thus one of the principal influences on the later development of interchangeable manufacture.
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