French Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815

French Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815

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By (author) Paddy Griffith

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 244mm x 12mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846032784
  • ISBN 13: 9781846032783
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 106,115

Product description

This book will provide a careful analysis of the preparation of the French troops from manual regulations to the training ground, as well a study of the changing quality of command and control within the army. Initially this ensured that the French infantry were virtually unstoppable and for several years they enjoyed blistering triumphs at Austerlitz and Jena. Paddy Griffiths explores the role of the French infantry at the apex of their powers and their role in these key battles. However, he also provides a detailed explanation of their eventual decline until their final defeat at Waterloo providing a critical overview of French Napoleonic Infantry tactics.

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Author information

Paddy Griffith is a freelance military historian based in Manchester. His groundbreaking books on low-level tactics include "Forward Into Battle" (1981 and 1990), "Battle Tactics of the Civil War" (1986) and "Battle Tactics of the Western Front" (1994). He has also written extensively on wargames, and is currently active in the South Manchester Tactical Society and in the Battlefields Trust. The author lives in Manchester, England.

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"Paddy Griffith's "French Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815 "covers the history of Bonaparte's Grande Armee, surveying tactics and using original drill manuals and writing to discuss French infantry organization and strategy." - "The California Bookwatch" (January 2008)"This is superbly illustrated by Peter Dennis, who provides an excellent series of diagrams of some of the more famous battles to go along with the descriptions of these events. Period illustrations are also included as are modern day photos of the various battlefields. In all, a book that draws you in and one that I found to be especially interesting. I know you will as well. Overall another superlative Osprey book and one that is both an interesting and enjoyable read. I'm sure you will agree." -Scott Van Aken, "" (January 2008)