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Rod MacArthur25 Nov 2017 10:30 a.m. PST

I have put a new article on the Military Historical Research section of my website. It's title is "Obstacle Avoidance Drills", which were similar for all Nations. Amongst other things, the article explains the reasons why columns could move faster than lines.

The article can be seen here:


It probably is mainly applicable to Napoleonic tactics, but many of the drills started in in 18th Century, so I have cross-posted it to that Discussion Forum as well.


Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

Looks Very Interesting, could you also post it as a downloadable .pdf document?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 11:06 a.m. PST

I just love the opening sentence. If the rest of your work is even remotely to this standard……you must be tempted to pick up the pen once more. This is very publishable….and far better than "The Second to Last, Penultimate, but most Sinister, Secret, Betrayal of Waterloo" that dominates bookshelves at present.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 12:45 p.m. PST

A great and well written article. It is most useful for the gamer to understand why rules regarding pace and the types of formations are written they way they are.

Thank you for sharing article here.

Rod MacArthur25 Nov 2017 1:24 p.m. PST


Thanks for your comment, but I am not sure how to post it as a downloadable PDF document.


Peter Lowitt25 Nov 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

Excellent article. Clear and well written. Bravo!

Stoppage25 Nov 2017 1:33 p.m. PST

"opening, closing, floating, will take place, and disorder will arise"

I suppose that opening is a gap between elements; whereas closing is elements getting squashed together.

Floating must be elements advancing or falling behind the rest of the line

Rod MacArthur25 Nov 2017 1:34 p.m. PST


Well, you can see most of my work in the Military Historical Research section of my website.


The Military Historical Research section has the following articles:

These are:

Published articles:

Authorised Establishments of the British Army 1802-1815 based on original research in National Archives, published as pair of articles (total 18,000 words) for Journal of Society of Army Historical Research in 2009.

Napoleonic Infantry March Rates original article published in First Empire magazine in 1994.

Squares and Oblongs original article published in Age of Napoleon magazine in 1997.

Other unpublished original research:

British Army Converged Light Companies during the Napoleonic Wars. I was thinking of offering this as an article for the Journal of Society of Army Historical Research, but it needs more work to determine missing names of the converged light battalion commanders.

Extracts from unfinished book on Napoleonic Tactics:

Basic Formations and Movement Drills.

Obstacle Avoidance Drills.

Napoleonic Infantry Battalion Structures.

Napoleonic Artillery.

Infantry Battalion Field Strengths during the Napoleonic War.

Cavalry Squadron Field Strengths during the Napoleonic War.


Le Breton Inactive Member25 Nov 2017 3:23 p.m. PST

Excellent article – as always.
Thank you!

You could try this :
(no endorsement, I just found it now, seemed to work OK and is free)
or, for Macs, use the "print to pdf" feature of Firefox or Safari.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2017 2:53 a.m. PST

So far I have only read "squares and oblongs"…absolutely fascinating……highly recommended.

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2017 7:56 p.m. PST

Yes, Rod. Thanks for drawing our attention to all this great work on your part.

4th Cuirassier27 Nov 2017 2:37 a.m. PST

Rod's articles are excellent as is his website generally.

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