Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Re: Dutch-Belgian infantry in 1815

Hi Tim & David,

according to General Orders, May 1815, the 3-rank French-based system was replaced by the British 2-rank system. The Dutch-Belgians weren't used to this, and the CoS of the 2nd Dutch-Belgian Division (Van Zuylen van Nyevelt) notes this particularly when accounting for the lack of fortitude in some formations, stating that the 2-rank system didn't provide the solidity necessary to counter an attack by column.

all the best,
Bas

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