hope you enjoyed it - Have also been under the "cosh" with work family and - strangely enough - researching the new book which will not only cover Saxe's 1745 campaign (up until the fall of Brussels) as well as giving an overview of events prior, but will have a large number of appendices ....one is a detailed analysis of the British Train, whilst one am working on at the moment is a transcript of the Ingoldsby court martial.....
On the other hand, if you didn't enjoy it, then any constructive criticism is always greatly received.
Currently re-visiting this book. I'm sure this puzzled me the first time round but when reading about the formations and deployment of foot units in the opposing armies, I was (again) surprised to read Mike stating that
The British infantry would have formed in longer, shallower formations ... whilst the Dutch and possibly Hanoverians would have deployed deeper ..
As for the French -
... battalions would typically form up between four and six ranks deep ....
The battle was fought in 1745 during the War of the Austrian Succession yet it was as if I was reading about formations in the War of the Spanish Succession approximately 40 years earlier. I was under the impression that all European line units by this time, regardless of nationality, would have deployed in lines of 3 ranks deep. I think it was possibly Chandler(?) in his book on Marlborough that gave me the impression that even some French battalion commanders were starting to deploy their units in 3 ranks before the end of the Spanish Succession War.
What are everyone else's views? Can anyone cite any evidence to confirm when the various major powers moved to the 3 rank system?