1748-1756 The performance of the Prussian infantry, and to a lesser extent that of the British, in the WAS certainly shook things up. Iron ramrods: Austria 1744, France 1750. Cadence marching and drill: France 1750, Austria early 1750’s. 3 rank fire: France 1750, Austria 1757. Platoon fire: Austria early 1750’s, France required by regulation in 1755, Britain revised multi platoon fire early 1750’s. But all fire systems were still not equal! While the volume of defensive fire had risen to a degree that meant that even Frederick had to abandon the quick bayonet attack as his preferred option, some fire systems were still intrinsically weak. The French system was seen as less effective and they still couldn’t bring themselves to give up the bayonet only attack. The bottom line to all of this was that, all things being equal, better trained and disciplined troops could both deliver a higher volume of fire than their opponent and stand up to the return fire for longer. Regular intense training was the key factor in improving performance as was discipline. Standing orders in the Prussian Army were for the NCO’s positioned behind the firing line to kill any soldier who moved more than a foot out of their assigned place with their short sword!
I've just realised that by splitting this subject into three threads I unintentionally made "God". Which just goes to show that splitting it down to Platoon fire is superior to the whole Battalion firing together.