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Introduction /Weaponry and equipment, and how they affected tactical employment /Organization of units - special cases: Lancers, Cossacks, etc. /Theoretical doctrine, and training - formations and tactics /Actual battlefield deployments - their success or failure /Leadership /Logistics - procurement, supply and care of horses /Plate commentaries /Index
During the Napoleonic Wars the dashing and indispensible light cavalry were often the first into action. This lively study compares and contrasts the doctrine and tactics employed by these mobile, versatile horsemen in their many battlefield roles.
Philip Haythornthwaite is an internationally respected author and historical consultant specializing in the military history, uniforms and equipment of the 18th and 19th centuries. His main area of research covers the Napoleonic Wars. He has written some 40 books, including more than 20 Osprey titles, and numerous articles and papers on military history - but still finds time to indulge in his other great passion, cricket. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.