Prussian Napoleonic Tactics 1792-1815 (Elite)
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Osprey's examination of Prussia's battle tactics during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Written by a leading expert on the Prussian army of the Napoleonic era, this title provides crucial insight into the 18th century evolution of the Prussian forces, the war-winning troops of the final battles against Napoleon. Using contemporary materials including drill regulations, instructions, staff and regimental histories and after action reports, this book provides a compelling history of the Prussian tactics from 1792 until 1815.
It includes a study of the professional Prussian army during the Revolutionary Wars to the mass mobilization of a conscript army that fought during the Wars of Liberation and Waterloo. Following on from the success of Osprey's other Elite Tactics volumes, this is a must-have for serious students of Napoleonic warfare, armchair generals, and wargamers alike.
skirmishers controlling the wood to the left of the division, and to take over the line evacuated by Ney. Desjardin’s 14th and 105th Ligne were also ordered to enter Isserstedt Forest and Altenburg Woods. Shortly after 10.30 a.m. four French battalions entered the woodlands, but did not regain control of them for about an hour. Meanwhile, the remaining infantry of Grawert’s division marched to attack Vierzehnheiligen village. The French grand battery of more than 30 guns was 38 © Osprey
© Osprey Publishing • www.ospreypublishing.com When deployed in line, the fusilier battalions were to the fore, three musketeer battalions in the first main line, the senior musketeer battalion (1st Bn of the senior regiment) and the grenadier battalion in the second line, with the foot battery to their rear. Behind them, the 12 cavalry squadrons were drawn up in one line, with the horse battery to their rear. When in attack formation (see our Plate F), a fusilier skirmish line with supports
left or right by troops; and the bottom line, the regiment moving to the right by squadrons. (Hartwig, Elementar-Takitk; author’s collection) LEFT AND BOTTOM These diagrams show two different methods for a cavalry regiment deployed in line to form a column of squadrons – (above) to the left, and (below) to the right. Either method could be used in either direction. (Hartwig, Elementar-Taktik; author’s collection) © Osprey Publishing • www.ospreypublishing.com 55 General Yorck doffing his cap
was by now only one battalion of regular fusiliers in each brigade, with two battalions of regular musketeers and six of Landwehr. Losthin’s Bde comprised the 18th Infantry and 3rd and 4th Silesian Landwehr, Hiller’s the 15th Infantry and 1st and 2nd Silesian Landwehr. The fusilier battalions were thrown forwards to form skirmish lines. Bülow needed to link up with Wellington’s threatened left ﬂank; he sent two of Losthin’s battalions (one of regulars, the other of Landwehr) swinging right
rifled carbine. These marksmen were trained to fight in the same fashion as the Fussjäger or Rifle Regiment, in woods, undergrowth, cropland, and in broken country among ditches or rocks. They were also intended to be used for outposts and patrols, securing the line of march. On the field of battle they were to be deployed 100 paces in front of their battalion to harass the enemy and cover the unit while it moved into effective range; once the battalion was engaged, the Schützen were to fall back