British Light Infantry & Rifle Tactics of the Napoleonic Wars (Elite)


In an age when infantry units maneuvered and fought in rigid blocks, the idea of encouraging initiative and allowing a unit to "skirmish" was regarded as revolutionary and fell out of favor in the years following the French-Indian and American Revolutionary wars. It was revived by far-sighted British and foreign-mercenary officers, who observed the way in which French Revolutionary armies deployed skirmishers to prepare the way for their assault columns.

Offering a detailed analysis of tactics, this book is studded with period "battle descriptions" quoted from eye-witness accounts, creating a comprehensive guide to the Light and Rifles units of Wellington's Light Division. As the result of the first tentative experiments in skirmishing the units achieved an unsurpassed peak of efficiency--they marched faster, were versatile in any sort of tactical situation, and could shoot more accurately than either friend or foe. No other national army, either allied or enemy, achieved these standards.

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AuthorPhilip Haythornthwaite
Height981 mm
Length725 mm
Width21 mm
Weight35 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages64
Package Quantity1
Part NumberOSPELI215
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2016-10-18
PublisherOsprey Publishing
StudioOsprey Publishing

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