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The Waterloo Armies: Men, Organization and Tactics

by Philip Haythornthwaite

Waterloo is one of the most famous battles in history and it has given rise to a vast and varied literature. The strategy and tactics of the battle and the entire Waterloo campaign have been analysed at length....


Redcoats: The British Soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars

by Philip Haythornthwaite

What was a British soldier's life like during the Napoleonic Wars? How was he recruited and trained? How did he live on home service and during service abroad? And what was his experience of battle? In this...


Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry & Dragoon Tactics

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Adam Hook

During the Napoleonic Wars the supreme battlefield shock weapon was the heavy cavalry - the French cuirassiers, and their British, Austrian, Prussian and Russian counterparts. Big men mounted on big horses,...


Corunna 1809: Sir John Moore's Fighting Retreat

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Christa Hook

The retreat to Corunna is one of the epic campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Late in 1808 Sir John Moore found himself virtually alone with his small British army deep inside Spain. The armies of...


Gallipoli 1915: Frontal Assault on Turkey

by Philip Haythornthwaite

The Gallipoli expedition of 1915, the brainchild of Winston Churchill, was designed to knock the Turkish Empire out of the First World War and open a supply route to Russia. The campaign is characterised by...


The Russian Army of the Napoleonic Wars (2): Cavalry

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

During the Napoleonic era, Russia possessed a vast force of cavalry, forming a greater percentage than that of most European armies. This stemmed partly from their service against the Turks, who had huge numbers...


Austrian Army of the Napoleonic Wars (2): Cavalry

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

The mounted troops of the Hapsburg Empire comprised one of the most powerful forces of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). However, from the outset the cavalry's higher command was less capable than its infantry...


Austrian Army of the Napoleonic Wars (1): Infantry

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

The most implacable of Napoleon's continental enemies, at the outbreak of war Austria maintained a vast army, but one rooted firmly in the 18th century. Hampered by the inherent conservatism of the hierarchy,...


Napoleon's Line Infantry

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

Napoleon's line infantry was founded upon that of the Ancien Régime. A total re-organisation began on 1 January 1791 with the abolition of the old regimental titles, and over the next two years an increasing...


Borodino 1812: Napoleon's great gamble

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Peter Dennis

The battle of Borodino was one of the greatest encounters in European history, and one of the largest and most sanguinary in the Napoleonic Wars. Following the breakdown of relations between Russia and France,...


Napoleon's Guard Infantry (1)

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

The concept of the bodyguard is as ancient as the practice of an individual assuming the leadership of a group or tribe. From the Companions of Alexander to the Varangians of Byzantium, bodies of élite warriors,...


Napoleon's Guard Infantry (2)

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

This title looks at Napoleon's Middle and Young Guard infantry. The seniority of Guard infantry was only established definitely in 1812 by the Guard's chief of personnel, Courtois. The title 'Young Guard' was...


The Russian Army of the Napoleonic Wars (1): Infantry 1799-1814

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Paul Hannon

In 1795 the Russian army was as vast as the territory from which it was drawn. The College of War calculated that the regular army amounted to 541,741 men, plus 46,601 enrolled cossacks, and at least a further...


Napoleon's Specialist Troops

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

Though less celebrated than the infantry and cavalry, Napoleon's 'specialist' troops – artillery, engineers and supporting services – were indispensable elements without which no army could have operated,...


Wellington's Specialist Troops

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

The specialist troops of Wellington's army played a crucial role in the success of the British Army. Though often understaffed and ineptly managed, the artillery, engineers, transport and commissariat, and medical...


Napoleon's Campaigns in Italy

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Richard Hook

In January 1794 the French ‘Army of Italy’ was commanded by General Dumerbion and he acknowledged a great debt to his 25-year-old commander of artillery – Napoleon Bonaparte. The French Revolution had...


Frederick the Great's Army (3): Specialist Troops

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

Frederick the Great was not renowned as a great artillery enthusiast, however he did recognise the importance of artillery and greatly expanded the arm. Frederick was also aware of the value of strong fortifications...


Frederick the Great's Army (2): Infantry

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

Throughout the wars undertaken by Frederick the Great, probably his greatest resource was his infantry. It is a mark of the king's determination that despite wars which almost destroyed both Prussia and its...


Frederick the Great's Army (1): Cavalry

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

The Prussian army of King Frederick II, 'the Great', became so renowned as a result of its campaigns, principally during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), that it was regarded as a model for many of the other...


Austrian Specialist Troops of the Napoleonic Wars

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Bryan Fosten

The specialist troops of the Austrian forces helped to secure Austria's reputation as the most formidable of Napoleon's continental enemies. Due largely to the efforts of Prince Liechtenstein, by the late 18th...