Thanks Alexander, yes I understood the French and the relationship to the regulations. I raised it because it seemed odd to me that he mentioned it specifically on only this one occasion in his account, given that it is not an unusual method of giving fire. I wondered whether Bechaud intended another interpretation given that he was talking about his grenadiers formed to keep back the british light infantry in extremis - I was interested in everyone's else's interpretation. The thread has been very useful in the sense that the we are all agreed that the regulation interpretation is the correct one. My forthcoming book on Villamuriel will hopefully accurately reflect this and the many other such useful insights from this forum.