Invisible officer wrote:But there is no British manual that stated half platoons of grenadiers on both flanks.
Invisible officer wrote:Later they kept the elite companies with the unit.
Invisible officer wrote:Bland also give no clue how to act with the many company officers absent. The companies 1-3 had no Captain, the Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel and Major doubled in this role. But they usually had to serve away from the company. The two colours of the regiment are carried by two ensigns, drawn from the companies. Others might be detached for service with loyalist units or simply not able to serve. So 5 or more officers would be absent from the companies. With detached, ill and dead we have the possibility of only one officer left.
Invisible officer wrote:Well, that's true. But most Sergeants lacked initiative in this time. You could trust them to get the men to load and fire, to stand in position but if you want a charge you needed an officer. It was a class society, you still find that problem in WW I. The public school officer with no experience had to lead.
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