Greenjacket wrote:I really appreciate the square rules. There shouldn't be any problem for a reasonably trained infantry unit to form square when charged by cavalry (assuming cavalry are trotting, and that a well trained battalion can form square in 20 seconds - though militia or conscripts would be rather different).
Say cavalry charge infantry. The infantry form square. The cavalry duly trot back but stay within 12" of the square (see page 74 for the reason why!). Then their accompanying horse artillery open fire at the square. The infantry are stuck in square, and they no have to weather artillery fire. The chances are the infantry will be shaken so next turn they can be charged by the cavalry. I think the BP rules rather cleverly promote very historical tactics.
For examples of the effect of tactics of cuirassiers forcing infantry to form square and then subjecting the square to close range grape from horse artillery, read Siborne "The Waterloo Campaign" (which is on Google books - it is still the most exciting and most detailed account of the battle).
Incidentally - a question for Rick/others:
Enfilading a square. On page 49 it states that a target that has its flank exposed to a shooter is enfiladed. So presumably squares are enfiladed because they always have a flank exposed to the shooter. That makes sense to me - an extremely dense target like a square should be horribly vulnerable to shooting, especially artillery. But on re-reading pages 74-75 nothing is explicitly stated that squares count as enfiladed. So do squares count as enfiladed?
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