Napoleon Series Archive 2004

Re: French Massed Cavalry Charges

Kevin:

If, by reserve cavalry corps, you mean the regiment/brigade/division/corps structure, then yes, the Allies didn't have Reserve Cavalry Corps in 1805. If we are simply referring to a large body of cavalry as a separate, corps-sized command, then Lichtenstein's Corps at Austerlitz certainly qualifies. But that was my question, what are we talking about here?

As for Murat's massed cavalry at Eylau, I slurred my semantics, I'm afraid. When I said "not all that successful, IIRC", I wasn't referring to Eylau specifically. I was lumping it in with all of comparably-sized charges across the twenty years of war, suggesting that taken as a whole, they weren't all that successful. But, I can see it didn't read like that--at all. ;-7 No, Murat's horse did all they were sent out to do and then some.

It is interesting to note that many of the very large cavalry charges are like Eylau: 'save the army's bacon' kind of charges, where the goal is to delay or disrupt the enemy and shore up weak lines rather than having purely offensive objectives.

Best Regards,
Bill H.

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