British Light Infantry & Rifle Tactics of the Napolenoic Wars

British Light Infantry & Rifle Tactics of the Napolenoic Wars

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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.