Napoleonic Warfare Principles of War
First – a note about military symbology <ul><li>Infantry (foot soldiers with muskets) </li></ul><ul><li>Cavalry (horsemen...
Principles of War <ul><li>Mass </li></ul><ul><li>Economy of Force </li></ul><ul><li>Maneuver </li></ul><ul><li>Intelligen...
Mass <ul><li>Mass – concentrate power at the decisive place and time (maximize your firepower) </li></ul>This is going to ...
Economy of Force <ul><li>Use minimum energy/ forces in non-critical areas. </li></ul>Main effort (mass) Secondary effort (...
Maneuver <ul><li>Moving to put your enemy at a disadvantage </li></ul>
Intelligence <ul><li>Gain information about the enemy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use cavalry and skirmishers </li></ul></ul>Loc...
Security <ul><li>Keep the enemy from gaining information about you </li></ul>Your Army Keep enemy cavalry away
Surprise <ul><li>Hit the enemy when and where it is least expected </li></ul>
Unity of Command <ul><li>One person in charge. </li></ul><ul><li>Not “rule by committee” </li></ul><ul><li>Not democratic ...
How they fight Usually in lines : Mass many men together or In Squares : To protect against cavalry charges
Now, Plan Your Own Battle - when units fight – who wins? Attackers Even (Heavier guns win) Square Destroyed Weakens Infant...
Our Napoleonic Battle Plan You Decide!
North Artillery Range Musket Range East Woods WEST WOODS Walled Farm 6’ tall walls Wheatfield 3’ tall wheat Cornfield 6’ t...
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Napoleonic Warfare

A lesson on the principles of war and how Napoleon would have used them. We use this to plan a Napoleonic era battle.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Transcripts - Napoleonic Warfare

  • 1. Napoleonic Warfare Principles of War
  • 2. First – a note about military symbology <ul><li>Infantry (foot soldiers with muskets) </li></ul><ul><li>Cavalry (horsemen with swords) </li></ul><ul><li>Artillery (cannons) </li></ul>or
  • 3. Principles of War <ul><li>Mass </li></ul><ul><li>Economy of Force </li></ul><ul><li>Maneuver </li></ul><ul><li>Intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Surprise </li></ul><ul><li>Unity of Command </li></ul>
  • 4. Mass <ul><li>Mass – concentrate power at the decisive place and time (maximize your firepower) </li></ul>This is going to hurt
  • 5. Economy of Force <ul><li>Use minimum energy/ forces in non-critical areas. </li></ul>Main effort (mass) Secondary effort (economy of force)
  • 6. Maneuver <ul><li>Moving to put your enemy at a disadvantage </li></ul>
  • 7. Intelligence <ul><li>Gain information about the enemy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use cavalry and skirmishers </li></ul></ul>Locates a hole and reports back Finds enemy and reports back Finds enemy
  • 8. Security <ul><li>Keep the enemy from gaining information about you </li></ul>Your Army Keep enemy cavalry away
  • 9. Surprise <ul><li>Hit the enemy when and where it is least expected </li></ul>
  • 10. Unity of Command <ul><li>One person in charge. </li></ul><ul><li>Not “rule by committee” </li></ul><ul><li>Not democratic </li></ul><ul><li>Alliances are hard to control </li></ul>
  • 11. How they fight Usually in lines : Mass many men together or In Squares : To protect against cavalry charges
  • 12. Now, Plan Your Own Battle - when units fight – who wins? Attackers Even (Heavier guns win) Square Destroyed Weakens Infantry Weakens Cavalry Artillery Artillery lost (infantry damaged) Square destroyed Even fight Cant happen Infantry Artillery lost (cavalry suffers some losses) Cavalry retreats (Heavy Losses) Infantry destroyed Even (heavy beats light) Cavalry Artillery Infantry Square Infantry Cavalry
  • 13. Our Napoleonic Battle Plan You Decide!
  • 14. North Artillery Range Musket Range East Woods WEST WOODS Walled Farm 6’ tall walls Wheatfield 3’ tall wheat Cornfield 6’ tall corn Road Ford Ford Wheatfield 3’ tall wheat village BG2 D3 B2 BA2 D2 B1 BA1 DA2 D1 FL2 FL1 FG1 FG2 FG3 FG4 F4 F3 FA6 FA7 FA5 FA4 FA3 FA3 FA1 FH1 FH2 BL2 D4 BG1 BL1 BH1 B3 BA3 BA4

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