Napoleon Series Archive 2003

Two Vs. Three Ranks

I have found an old French book on infantry tactics that makes the confident assertion that in 1810 the Duke of York had to issue a General Order to force all British regiments to adopt two ranks instead of three rank when they were formed in line formations. I thought that the use of two ranks was universal practice in the British army long before 1810. Is there any truth to this assertion?

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