Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Solid Square Vs Open Square

Solid Square Vs Open Square
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*What are the pros and cons of the solid square compared to the open square?

*I went through the British period regulations for the following manoeuvres:

a) Forming solid square from close column

b) Forming open squares from quarter distance columns

c) Forming open squares from line.

*Let us leave manoeuvre (c) for the time being. Let us concentrate on (a) and (b).

*Both the solid squares and open squares are at least 4 deep on each face.

*Both squares have atleast a captain assisted by a sergeant commanding each face.

*Both squares have the capability to make the two front ranks kneel & slope bayonets
while the last two ranks engage in file firing.

*If a solid square could do all this, why bother moving in quarter distance columns at all?
Why not move forward simply in close columns and form solid square if threatened by cavalry?

*Wouldn't moving in close columns be easier across uneven terrain compared to moving in
quarter distance columns?

Best regards and thanks in advance for any replies.

-Fred

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