I was chatting on the Napoleon Series Forum a few days ago on the subject of Napoleonic Tactical Drills. It occurred to me that I did have a chapter dealing with this in a book which I began to write some 20 years ago, but never finished.
I have updated all of the diagrams in this particular chapter and it is now published as an article, entitled “Basic Formations and Movement Drills“, within the Tactics Sub-section of the Military Historical Research Section. This may be accessed via that link or the Top Menu of my webpage.
The article covers the basic tactical structures which changed little, if at all, throughout the 17th, 18th and much of the 19th Centuries. I acknowledge that I have relied mainly, although not exclusively, on British Regulations, but all nations used very similar tactical drills at this basic level. I will publish a future article on Tactical Development during the 18th Century.
I have amended the structure of pages of Military Historical Research articles. These were all originally in a single section, but the number of articles was getting long, and I have plans to add more in the near future. I have therefore divided this section into two drop down sub-sections from the main Top Menu. The new sub-sections are Organisation and Tactics.
My Squares and Oblongs article was written 20 years ago. I have now revised it to take into account my more recent research into British Converged Light Battalions. I have not changed the original article, but have added an extra section at the end to explain these drills more fully.
I have published a new article in my Military Historical Research section. It is on Napoleonic Artillery and can be seen here: Napoleonic Artillery.
The article was originally drafted over 20 years ago as part of a book which I never finished. There is much better research on Napoleonic Artillery available now, such as books by Kevin Kiley, Anthony Dawson, Paul Dawson and Stephen Summerfield. However, having published articles on my similar old research into Infantry and Cavalry, I thought that I would add this one for completeness.
I have added a new article in the Military Historical Research section. This is entitled “Squares and Oblongs” and is a copy of an article which I wrote and had published in the magazine “The Age of Napoleon” Issue Number 23 in 1997. It can be accessed through the top menu or this link “Squares and Oblongs“.
I have added a new article in the Military Historical Research section of this website. It can be accessed through the Top Menu bar or via the link Napoleonic Infantry March Rates.
The article was written by me and originally published in First Empire magazine October/November 1994 Issue 19.
I have published a new article in the Military Historical Research Section. This is on Napoleonic Infantry Battalion Structures and looks at how these evolved from the 17th to 18th Centuries and on into the Napoleonic era. It also looks at the different structures used by various Nations, examines some of the reasons for these variations, and the effect of them on tactics.
Like several of my articles in this section, this article was originally written many years ago as part of a book on Napoleonic tactics, which I never finished. I have updated it and thought I would share it with readers of this website.
My current project of creating modular Siege Works will be finished in about two weeks, and I will set up the whole system to show a siege after that. There is not much more to say about it until then. Meanwhile, to fill the gap in blog posts, I have been updating some of the Pages in the Military History Section of the website.
One of the papers outlined the way in which Wellington used all of the light infantry companies in each brigade to create small converged Light Battalions, which then operated as a Brigade asset, rather than remain under their parent battalion’s control (British Converged Light Battalions).
I have now updated this paper and readers of this blog might be interested in my conclusions. Continue reading