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Waterloo 1815: Quatre Bras

by Peter Hofschröer

The Battles of Quatre Bras and Ligny are often overshadowed by the Battle of Waterloo that took place two days later. Yet the events of 16 June 1815 were crucial, as Napoleon missed his chance of achieving a...


Prussian Light Infantry 1792-1815

by Peter Hofschröer & Bryan Fosten

The Prussian light infantry branch was founded in the reign of Frederick the Great (1740-1786) and continued to develop from then onwards. It was the light troops of the Austrian army, the Croatian border soldiers,...


Prussian Cavalry of the Napoleonic Wars (1): 1792-1807

by Peter Hofschröer & Bryan Fosten

When Frederick II (later known as Frederick the Great) came to the throne in 1740, he had three advantages for which he owed thanks to his father: a modern, well-organised state; full coffers; and a properly...


Prussian Cavalry of the Napoleonic Wars (2): 180715

by Peter Hofschröer & Bryan Fosten

After Prussia's dismemberment a drastic re-organisation of the entire army was necessary, and the cavalry underwent this process with the rest. At the time of the mobilisation in 1813, the somewhat reduced mounted...


Lutzen & Bautzen 1813: The Turning Point

by Peter Hofschröer & Christa Hook

Following the disastrous Russian campaign of 1812 during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), Napoleon found himself facing a new coalition of his old enemies. With incredible speed he raised an army of 200,000...


Leipzig 1813: The Battle of the Nations

by Peter Hofschröer

The battle of Leipzig was, in terms of the number of combatants involved, the largest engagement of the entire Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). It was the only battle of the wars in which all Allied armies (including...


Prussian Line Infantry 1792-1815

by Peter Hofschröer & Bryan Fosten

At the beginning of this period, the battalions of the Prussian Line usually fought in a linear formation three ranks deep, overwhelming the enemy with fire before a well-timed bayonet attack. By the end, the...


Prussian Reserve, Militia & Irregular Troops 1806-15

by Peter Hofschröer & Bryan Fosten

Irregular, semi-regular and reserve formations comprised a substantial part of the armed forces at the disposal of the Prussian Army throughout the Napoleonic Wars, particularly during the campaigns of the Wars...


The Hanoverian Army of the Napoleonic Wars

by Peter Hofschröer & Bryan Fosten

Of all the armies of the German States, that of Hanover remains of greatest interest to the British reader due to the close links between the crowns of the two states. Throughout the Napoleonic era Britain and...


Prussian Staff & Specialist Troops 1791-1815

by Peter Hofschröer & Christa Hook

The origins of what would become the German General Staff of the late 19th and 20th centuries - probably the most professional military machine in the world - can be traced to the Prussian Army of the French...


Prussian Napoleonic Tactics 1792-1815

by Peter Hofschröer & Adam Hook

Written by an expert on the Prussian army of the Napoleonic era, this is a fascinating insight into the 18th-century evolution of the Prussian forces into the war-winning troops of the final battles against...