By Peter Hofschröer

Osprey's exam of Prussia's conflict strategies through the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Written by means of a number one professional at the Prussian military of the Napoleonic period, this name offers the most important perception into the 18th century evolution of the Prussian forces, the war-winning troops of the ultimate battles opposed to Napoleon. utilizing modern fabrics together with drill laws, directions, employees and regimental histories and after motion experiences, this booklet offers a compelling heritage of the Prussian strategies from 1792 till 1815.

It contains a learn of the pro Prussian military through the innovative Wars to the mass mobilization of a conscript military that fought in the course of the Wars of Liberation and Waterloo. Following on from the good fortune of Osprey's different Elite strategies volumes, this can be a must-have for critical scholars of Napoleonic struggle, armchair generals, and wargamers alike.

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They are supervised by a mounted officer, and their supports wait under cover in the background, drawn up in close order – see our Plate C. At Altenzaun, Col Johann von Yorck – one of the most influential figures in the development of the Prussian light troops – commanded the Prussian rearguard of Jägers and fusiliers, and held up the French advance long enough for the main body of the Prussian army to withdraw over the Elbe river. (Richard Knötel; author’s collection) An impenetrable fog covered the horizon so that one could only see a few paces in front.

The private has a white circle painted as a national cockade on his black oilskin shako-cover – at this date the Prussians were providing a national contingent to the Grande Armée. His grey greatcoat has regimental distinctions – a yellow collar and red shoulder straps. These are also applied to the sergeant’s short dark blue coatee; note on his uncovered shako the brass plate, cockade, and gold rank lace at the top, and his laced collar and cuffs. Only a minority of the Army of the Lower Rhine in 1815 would be as completely uniformed and equipped as these regulars of the as-yet unexpanded army.

The company sergeant-majors stood in the centre of the battalion to guard the colours, and two files, each under an NCO, were now detailed as escorts on each side of the colour party. The divisional officers – the captain and first lieutenant – each stood on the right flank of their At Prenzlau, 28 October 1806, Murat’s cavalry forced the Prussians under the Prince of Hohenlohe to capitulate. This impression of an engagement during the action shows French dragoons in combat with Prussian grenadiers in square.

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