I have published a new Military Historical Research article on this website. It is on The Influence of Guibert on Tactics, and is an updated version of one I first drafted over 20 years ago as a chapter in a book which I never finished.
It can be seen here, or from the Top Menu > Military Historical Research > Tactics > The Influence of Guibert on Tactics.
I have slightly amended my recent article on Passage of Lines, to include a practical example of it being used at Jena in 1806. The amended article can be viewed here, or from the Top Menu > Military Historical Research > Tactics > Passage of Lines.
There was a recent discussion on the Napoleonic Discussion Message Board of TMP (The Miniatures Page) about Passage of Lines. I thought I would post an article about it on this website, and it can be viewed here (or from the Top Menu > Military Historical Research > Tactics > Passage of Lines).
There has been a long gap in my postings, originally due to being away for most of the summer, then the need to complete three Military History talks which I had promised to give to various groups during the autumn.
I have now finished that and have added a new Military Historical Research article. This is on “The Evolution of Tactics in the 18th Century” and may be viewed here. It will be followed by other articles on tactics during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
WordPress have changed their formatting, so I had to insert the endnotes manually and they do not automatically link, as on previous pages.
I have written a new article in the Military Historical Research Section, This is on Obstacle Avoidance Drills, which were similar for all Nations during the Napoleonic Wars. It can be viewed via the top menu or by clicking the link Obstacle Avoidance Drills here.
My article on Napoleonic March Rates was written 20 years ago. There was one matter which I thought needed clarification, and one which needed correction. I have therefore added an addendum at the end of the article.
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.