Napoleonic Light Cavalry Tactics

Napoleonic Light Cavalry Tactics

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By (author) Philip J. Haythornthwaite, Illustrated by Adam Hook

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 242mm x 5mm | 40g
  • Publication date: 24 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1780961022
  • ISBN 13: 9781780961026
  • Illustrations note: 25 MONO; 33 COL
  • Sales rank: 91,436

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During the Napoleonic Wars all the major combatants fielded large numbers of light cavalry. These nimble, fast-moving regiments performed a variety of vital roles, from reconnaissance and keeping contact with the enemy during the movement of armies, to raiding, skirmishing, and the pursuit to destruction of beaten enemies. In practice, light cavalry were often also employed for battlefield charges alongside the heavy cavalry. Featuring period illustrations and specially commissioned colour artwork, this is the second volume of a two-part study of the cavalry tactics of the armies of Napoleon and those of his allies and opponents. Written by a leading authority on the period, it draws upon drill manuals and later writings to offer a vivid assessment of how light cavalry actually fought on the Napoleonic battlefield.

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Philip Haythornthwaite is an internationally respected author and historical consultant specializing in the military history, uniforms and equipment of the 18th and 19th centuries. His main area of research covers the Napoleonic Wars. He has written some 40 books, including more than 20 Osprey titles, and numerous articles and papers on military history - but still finds time to indulge in his other great passion, cricket. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

Table of contents

Introduction /Weaponry and equipment, and how they affected tactical employment /Organization of units - special cases: Lancers, Cossacks, etc. /Theoretical doctrine, and training - formations and tactics /Actual battlefield deployments - their success or failure /Leadership /Logistics - procurement, supply and care of horses /Plate commentaries /Index