Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Re: Solid Square Vs Open Square

Dear Stuart
Please see the comments from my esteemed colleagues. I went through the evolution of Prussian tactics in my books on Prussian Infantry published this year. The Normal Infantry Battalion did not practice open square. The abandoment of Open Square and Linear tactics dates back to Royal Instructions in December 1806. None of the battle reports indicate anything other than closed square.

Stephen

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