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Author Ross, Steven T.

Title From flintlock to rifle : infantry tactics, 1740-1866 / Steven T. Ross
Published London ; Portland, Or. : F. Cass, ©1996
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 218 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents 1. The Old Regime Army -- 2. The Impact of Revolution -- 3. Napoleonic Warfare -- 4. Napoleon's Enemies -- 5. Tactical Innovation after 1815 -- 6. Conclusion
Summary After 1815, generals and politicians continued to develop tactical doctrines that embodied the lessons of the Napoleonic wars. Industrialization had a swift impact on weapons technology and firearms improved in range, accuracy, and rate of fire. As a result, military men had to modify their drill and battle tactics to cope with increased firepower. A process initiated by the French Revolution was thus accelerated by the Industrial Revolution
Napoleon's rivals either imitated aspects of the French system or sought to copy the spirit of the new tactics, engineering social reforms from above and creating their own citizen armies
Old Regime armies, recruited from a narrow social base and armed with slow-firing, short-range, inaccurate weapons, relied upon harsh discipline and formalized evolutions to attain tactical proficiency. When the French Royal Army collapsed it was replaced with a mass citizen army. This contained elements of the old tactical system but placed a new emphasis on mobility, flexibility, and individual initiative
In From Flintlock to Rifle, Professor Ross traces the development of infantry tactics from the mid-eighteenth century, when infantry fought in rigid linear formations, until the second half of the nineteenth century, by which time infantrymen with rifled weapons were learning to advance in open order and use aimed fire. The author demonstrates that this transition in tactics involved social and technological change as well as military innovation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-211) and index
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Subject Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815)
Infantry drill and tactics -- History -- 18th century
Infantry drill and tactics -- History -- 19th century
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1136301925