posted on Nov, 24 2015 @ 06:02 AM
a reply to: DISRAELI
Those two Nosy quotes are rather contradictory, aren't they?
Of course, anything can happen in battle, and often does.
Though Waterloo wasn't nearly so knife edged as lots think.
The artillery wasn't too effective, then Ney's cavalry charges were dashed against the squares, I think that no French cavalry charge had broken a
British square up to then, I could be wrong though.
By the time that the artillery barrage started to have an effect on the square formations, there was no more cavalry to exploit it.
That left the infantry, marching on in columns, allowing only the front couple of ranks to fire, facing infantry now drawn up in line, the whole of
which could fire. The effect would be rather like pitching twenty blokes with muskets against two hundred. It's only ever going to end one way,
unless you have another 50 thousand up your sleeve.
I'd like to make clear that I'm not dismissing Napoleon, he was at times a fantastic commander.
Just not in this case, from the moment he crossed into Belgium he was on the wrong foot.