Napoleon Series Archive 2009

changing the universal sentiment ...

G'Day Howie,

As for Senarmont at Friedland; he applied the French system for artillery, there were thirty-six pieces, of which six pieces were in a reserve. Therefore forming the normal French system of having artillery in three divisions. In the after action report we find that he followed the general principles, even to the principle that the commander should always be ready to give the order, or remind the reserve, to resist the urge to fire when they so desire. What he did; cannot even be considered the first time, it was done in the French Army, as an example by Colonel Foy (not to be confused with General Foy) when fighting in Switzerland. As a matter of fact, even the manner of his execution, is in the general principles of 1800. Senarmont’s exploits justly receives the honors; of executing the manoeuvre of a large massed battery, while advancing boldly upon the enemy. But it was done according to the general principles and system. But it was not something only he understood.

With that said; it is the first time that we see a large massed battery being used just as independently as the other two arms. The concept of the manoeuvre of General Senarmont was executed in a brilliant military manner; with courage, coup d’oeil, with rapidity, and was exceedingly in a cold blooded manner. He used all the qualities of a brilliant artillerist, and we also see for the first time a large massed battery being used as an offensive tool as the main effort. As for changing the universal sentiment of how commanders viewed large massed batteries and the grand manoeuvres for the system for artillery...during the time in question...yes it was an eye opener.

Best Regards
Art

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Changing the universal sentiment: did it? How?
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Senarmont and change *LINK*
The Camp At Boulogne.