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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #210 on: April 20, 2017, 06:31:27 pm »
Don't know where to post this but i'll just post it here.

Does anyone recommend a book(s) specifically focusing on Napoleon's campaigns/battles rather than his life?
Chandler's the Campaigns of Napoleon is apparently the definitive scholarship on Napoleon's battles and campaigns.
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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #211 on: May 12, 2017, 03:13:03 pm »
Knowing that Bavaria was in alliance with France and being German do they have ranks like Prussia, Austria, France, or some of each? Also does anyone know what a list of ranks would be for Bavaria
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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #212 on: May 12, 2017, 08:52:31 pm »
Don't know where to post this but i'll just post it here.

Does anyone recommend a book(s) specifically focusing on Napoleon's campaigns/battles rather than his life?
Chandler's the Campaigns of Napoleon is apparently the definitive scholarship on Napoleon's battles and campaigns.

Sorry for the late reply. Havent checked back here in a while. Ill have a look at those, thanks for informing me about them!!

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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #213 on: June 28, 2017, 05:17:46 pm »
any recommendations for a book which focuses on napoleon's campaign in italy?

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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #214 on: July 04, 2017, 02:14:49 pm »
Knowing that Bavaria was in alliance with France and being German do they have ranks like Prussia, Austria, France, or some of each? Also does anyone know what a list of ranks would be for Bavaria

In 1804, a Bavarian regiment's structure was as follows:
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1 Regimentsinhaber (a position held by a general)
1 Oberst (Colonel)
1 Obrist-Lieutenant (Lt. Colonel)
2 Majoren (Major)
2 Adjutanten (Adjutant)
2 Junkern (Officer candidates and colour-bearers)
1 Regiments-Quartier-Meister
1 Auditor
1 Regiments-Chirurg (Regimental Surgeon)
2 Unterchirurgen (Junior [Battalion] Surgeons)
2 Chirurg-Prakitanten (Assistant Surgeons)
1 Regiments-Tambour (Regimental Drummer)
10 Hoboisten (10 Oboists)
1 Profos (Provost)
1 Profosenjung (Provost's Assistant)
1 Büchsenmacher (Barrelmaker or Gunsmith)
5 Hauptleute (Captain)
5 [Stabs-]Kapitänen (Captain-Lieutenant, they commanded the 5 Leib-Companies in lieu of the Inhaber, Colonel, Lt. Col. and Majors)
10 Oberlieutenants (First Lieutenant)
20 Unterlieutenants (Second Lieutenant)
10 Feldwebeln (Sergeants Major)
10 Fourieren (Quarters and Forage Sergeant)
20 Sergenten (Sergeant)
60 Korporalen (Corporal)
2 Pfeifen (Fifer)
20 Tambouren (Company Drummer)
120 Gefreiten (Exempt or Senior Private)
2380 Gemeinen (Grenadieren, Füsilieren) (Private)

Flash forward to 1809 and very little changes:
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Oberst
Oberstlieutenant
Major
Regimentsquartiermeister
Regimentschirurg
Adjutant (one Oberlieutenant and one Unter-)
Bataillonschirurg
Chirurgische Praktikant
Junker
Regimentstambour
Hoboist
Büchsenmacher
Profos
Steckenjunge (Provost's assistant)
Hauptmann
Kapitän
Oberlieutenant
Unterlieutenant
Feldwebel
Fourier
Sergent
Korporal
Vizekorporal (Vice Corporal)
Tambour
Pfeifer
Pioniere (Pioneer)
Gefreiter
Gemeiner
Fourierschütze (Forage Guard)

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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #215 on: August 29, 2017, 01:56:25 pm »
concerning french light infantry, what exactly were tirailleurs? i understand that voltigeurs would form the elite light companies of both line and light battalions; chasseurs would form the centre companies of a light battalion; and carabiniers were the equivalent of the line's grenadier companies. so what exactly were tirailleurs? is it simply a broader term for french light infantry? please correct me if i'm wrong with the other stuff i have said too xxx

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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #216 on: August 29, 2017, 02:04:20 pm »
During the NW, "tirailleurs" is referring to a light infantry tactic more than to troops themselves.

For example, a voltigeur officer has to give the ordre "Formez la ligne de tirailleurs" = "Form the line of tirailleurs". Then, any troops can be "tiraileurs" when the ordre is given.

To speak in general for the line (the Guard is very specific), you were right. Voltigeurs are a company in a line infantry bataillon, alongside grenadiers on the left. Chasseurs and carabiniers are troops in the light regiment (la Légère).

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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #217 on: August 29, 2017, 02:24:22 pm »
cheers cara. with regards to the guard then, what exactly were the tirailleur regiments?

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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #218 on: August 29, 2017, 04:42:26 pm »
Just regular infantry with a fancy name. Any higher standard then the line infantry they might have had was certainly gone after 1812 when their guard status was prostituted away to appeal to conscripts.
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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #219 on: August 29, 2017, 05:01:26 pm »
Exactly. Moreover, most of the veterans were gone (retirement or death in Russia) when the Guard became a Corps d'Armée. And a lot of NCOs were made officers in the line due to the lack of experienced ones. Its value in combat decreased dramatically...

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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #220 on: August 30, 2017, 08:05:42 pm »
Charging headon into a line with pikes or braced bayonets was not done. That is just a deathwish.

Yeah. Horses simply refuse to charge into a wall of bayonets.
Warhorses could charge anywhere you asked them to. But in middle ages war horse was worth 200 working horses and 4000 sheep so i imagen there wasn't many, and yes no-one would do that.

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Re: The ask a Historical Question thread
« Reply #221 on: August 30, 2017, 08:06:24 pm »
The biggest pikes (macedonian sarissa) weight 5-6 kilos so it's not that difficult for a man, they usually took it with both hands. For the particular situations of receiving a charge, so maybe hold when a horse was impaled, they stuck it in the ground with a bronze pike.
I'm not saying it was to heavy to hold and use, it was to heavy not to bent under its own weight.