Haythornthwaite, Philip J.


1st ed., 2001. 128 pp., numerous ills., +diagrams. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. The author, a Napoleonic expert, takes a close look at cavalry weapons and their deployment in the Napoleonic Wars, to explain what actually happened in battle and why. History has placed much emphasis on the skill of these commanders who have employed their cavalry forces; but to understand how they were used, it is necessary to know the capabilities of their weapons and their effectiveness. This book examines these matters in the light of contemporary sources; less in regard of what should have occurred according to the drill manual and manoeuvre regulations, but more towards what actually happened. Contemporary accounts of battle are featured, as well as the technical debates which occurred among informed observers both during the Napoleonic Wars and in the immediate aftermath. Here is all the fascinating detail of cavalry weapons: the sabre, the lance, armour, carbines and pistols, and the way in which they were used in the skirmish line and the charge.

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