Whenever the English infantry was threatened by the French cavalry, they formed a square to protect themselves.
Four ranks deep, vulnerable to artillery or infantry, but deadly to cavalry.
My British regiments in square formation:
A view from above:
Arthur Wellesley, The duke of Wellington: Commander of the allied army in the Peninsular.
The regimental colors are kept near the center of the square for protection:
French Cuirassiers and Hussars are preparing to attack the British square:
French Cuirassiers: The elite heavy cavalry, serving as the shock troops of the cavalry of Napoleon.
French Hussars: These fast, light cavalrymen were the eyes, ears and egos of Napoleonic armies.
They regarded themselves as the best horsemen and swordsmen (beau sabreurs) in the entire Armée.
Some extra pictures:
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