British Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792–1815

British Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792–1815

Elite 164
  • Author: Philip Haythornthwaite
  • Illustrator: Steve Noon
  • Short code: ELI 164
  • Publication Date: 4 Jun 2008
  • Number of Pages: 64
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The British Army that faced Napoleon in the Peninsula was small by continental standards, but it consistently out-fought larger French armies, never losing a major open-field action. Its cavalry and artillery were standard; but its infantry achieved unique results, as their tactics were brought to a peak of professional perfection by Wellington. Using contemporary instruction manuals, first-hand accounts and in-depth analysis of individual actions, this book examines exactly how Wellington was able to convert a rabble of volunteers and criminals into a well-oiled, highly disciplined and professional war-winning machine. With a detailed look at the effective use of terrain, line rather than column manoeuvres and fortification assaults, Philip Haythornthwaite reveals the crucial tactics of Wellington's army, illustrated with comprehensive maps, images and full-colour artwork.

Biographical Note

Philip Haythornthwaite is an internationally respected author and historical consultant specialising in the military history, uniforms and equipment of the 18th and 19th centuries. His main area of research covers the Napoleonic Wars. He has written some 40 books, including more than 20 Osprey titles, and innumerable articles and papers on military history - but still finds time to indulge in his other great passion, cricket.Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art college in Cornwall. He has had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1985 has worked as a professional artist. Steve has provided award-winning illustrations for renowned publishers Dorling Kindersley, where his interest in historical illustration began.


INTRODUCTION: ‘THAT ARTICLE' THE MANUALS: The lack of a unified system; David Dundas' Principles of Military Movement - criticisms - amendments THE BATTALION: Organization MARCHING AND FORMATIONS: Movement in column - the line: three ranks or two? - the square; Command and control: word of mouth - drums and bugles THE MUSKET: The technical and human limitations; Firing LIGHT INFANTRY APPLICATION IN THE FIELD: Theory versus experience; Line versus column; The bayonet charge BRIGADE TACTICS SPECIAL OPERATIONS: Storming; Amphibious operations SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY PLATE COMMENTARIES SOURCE NOTES INDEX

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