Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry & Dragoon Tactics

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Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry & Dragoon Tactics

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During the Napoleonic Wars the supreme battlefield shock weapon was the heavy cavalry - the French cuirassiers, and their British, Austrian, Prussian and Russian counterparts. Big men mounted on big horses, the heavy cavalry were armed with swords nearly a metre long, used for slashing or thrusting at their opponents; many wore steel armour, a practice revived by Napoleon. They were tasked with smashing a hole in the enemy's line of battle, with exploiting a weakness, or with turning a flank. Their classic manoeuvre was the charge; arrayed in close-order lines or columns, the heavy cavalry would begin their attack at the walk, building up to a gallop for the final 50 metres before impact.
Illustrated with diagrams, relevant paintings and prints and specially prepared colour plates, this is the first volume of a two-part study of the cavalry tactics of the armies of Napoleon and those of his allies and opponents. Written by a leading authority on the period, it draws upon drill manuals and later writings to offer a vivid assessment of how heavy cavalry actually fought on the Napoleonic battlefield.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Weaponry and equipment, and how they affected tactical deployment – heavy regiments; medium regiments /Theoretical doctrine, and training – formations, and tactics /Actual battlefield deployments – their success or failure /Leadership /Logistics – procurement, supply and care of horses /Bibliography

Product details

Published Jul 23 2013
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781849087100
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 28 b/w; 25 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 188
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Philip Haythornthwaite

Philip Haythornthwaite is an internationally respe…

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Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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