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Explain why the Napoleonic Tactics were so successful.

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´╗┐Explain why the Napoleonic Tactics were so successful? ________________ The Napoleonic tactics were incredibly successful for many reasons. Napoleon was one of the greatest military leaders in history and emperor of France. He conquered much of Europe using his own tactics on the battlefield. The infantry was the foundation of Napoleonic tactics, as infantrymen were numerically the largest force on the battlefield. The musket was the standard weapon carried by the vast majority of soldiers. The musket had a short effective range. It was slow to reload compared to modern weapons with highly-trained soldiers able to fire about once every 15?20 seconds. ...read more.

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sheer weight of numbers; against enemy units already weakened by the fire from skirmishers or artillery; this was often successful, because the enemy fought in lines. The greatest advantage by using the column formation would rest in its flexibility and versatility. This formation would allow the commander to move large numbers of troops over the battlefield with better control and swiftness. The column was a simple and fast formation. It also held together over most terrains and was steadier against Calvary. However it couldn?t break through line alone and was deficient in firepower, as only the first two ranks could use the musket effectively. ...read more.

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The light infantry would precede the infantry columns as it approached an enemy unit. Their duty was to harass the enemy with scattered musket fire. The light infantry would try to make gaps in the enemy lines. Furthermore, the light infantry or skirmishers would occupy the enemy in order for the larger assault formations to move up without being too exposed to the fire of the enemy line. The light infantry fought as skirmishers, rather than shoulder-to-shoulder, taking advantage of the room between soldiers and all bits of cover to move towards the enemy while firing and reloading. ...read more.

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