Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry & Dragoon Tactics Paperback
Illustrated by Adam Hook
Part of the Elite series
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, the heavy cavalry were armed with swords nearly a metre long, used for slashing or thrusting at their opponents; many wore steel armour, a practice revived by Napoleon.
They were tasked with smashing a hole in the enemy's line of battle, with exploiting a weakness, or with turning a flank.
Their classic manoeuvre was the charge; arrayed in close-order lines or columns, the heavy cavalry would begin their attack at the walk, building up to a gallop for the final 50 metres before impact.
Illustrated with diagrams, relevant paintings and prints and specially prepared colour plates, this is the first 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 heavy cavalry actually fought on the Napoleonic battlefield.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 64 pages, 28 b/w; 25 col
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 08/07/2013
- Category: Humamities
- ISBN: 9781849087100