Imperial Bayonets examines the manoeuvring systems of the French, Prussians, Russians, Austrians and British from 1792 to 1815. It studies infantry manoeuvres and firepower, cavalry manoeuvres, and artillery. It is THE definitive work on Napoleonic tactics and a must read for anyone wanting to understand the fundamentals of period tactics. It provides not only a discussion of every major manoeuvre of the five major powers, i.e. from line to square, or column, but does time and motion studies of how long it would take to execute those manoeuvres and compares them to the other nations. It covers infantry and cavalry manoeuvres on this level. It performs an analysis of both musketry effectiveness and artillery effectiveness, providing curves that demonstrate the effectiveness of both. It also covers brigade manoeuvres and army marches.
IMPERIAL BAYONETS Tactics of the Napoleon Battery, Battalion and Brigade as Found in Contemporary Regulations
A technical manual, that is clear and concise, rather than an historical work. If you want to know exactly how units manoeuvred, or the figures for artillery performance, nation by nation, this minor masterpiece is the book for you.
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