Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Re: Brigade Generals: uniforms and charging

Don,

Also in Siborne there is a telling letter about the lack of reserves during the charge by the British heavy brigades. While a portion had been told off in reserve, in the heat of the moment nothing was held back with disastrous consequences. It is clear in these charges that the commanders led, and in that letter it is admitted to have been a mistake, that he should have been with the reserve and ensure that it was in hand. Other letters, such as those describing the movements of Vandaleur and Vivian in the general advance indicate that these generals were not leading from the front, but directing the sub-units in their commands.

David

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