Napoleon's tactics at Waterloo - the post mortem

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by rich p, 15 Aug 2012.

  1. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    blah blah blah blah...
    ...In my opinion, four principal causes led to this disaster: The first, and most influential, was the arrival, skilfully combined, of Blücher, and the false movement that favoured this arrival, the second was the admirable firmness of the British infantry, joined to the sang-froid and aplomb of its chiefs; the third, was the horrible weather, that had softened the ground, and rendered the offensive movements so toilsome, and retarded till one o'clock the attack that should have been made in the morning; the fourth, was the inconceivable formation of the first corps, in masses very much too deep for the first grand attack.
    I rest my case.
  2. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I think his mistake was not reacting quickly enough to enemy advances. Once he saw that they were gaining an advantage he should have jumped down off his horse, run across to the enemy lines brandishing his gold-encrusted sword, and defeated them single-handed.
  3. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    The French Cav stayed too near the English squares.....simple.
  4. Ajay

    Ajay Veteran

    Yes, but if he'd deployed the Imperial Guard earlier in the day to chase down the breakaway......(snorzzzzzzzzz)
  5. lukesdad

    lukesdad Guest

    If he hadnae gone for a pee he wouldnae missed his train.

    < with noods accent >
  6. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Just like today, the issue is where is the cannonball going.

    Quite impressed you can remember Waterloo, you'd only have been five and a half years old at the time rich.
  7. montage

    montage God Almighty

    if it wasn't for richard sharpe, napoleon would have done alreet
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  8. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    West London
    I detect the OP is designed to be a red rag to a platypus, bear, whatever to flush ye argumentative troublemakers, bullies out. Don't fall for it!
  9. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    ... and allegedly not reacting to Josephine's advances?
  10. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Richard Sharpe left army after Waterloo and did not in fact retire happily ever after to an idyllic country existence... that was a cover for the real story


    Richard Sharpe is now Josephine!
  11. Red Light

    Red Light Guest

    Napolean can get his tictacs from the WH Smiths outlet on the main concourse.
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  12. raindog

    raindog er.....

    Another factor was that almost a whole battalion of French said they had to be at a wedding that day.
  13. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    The selection was all wrong imho. Nicole Cooke should not have been in the team.
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  14. OP
    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    You ignorant fools - I knew I'd weed out the shoot-from-the-hip armchair generals if I kept my powder dry long enough.
    Only those who have led a battalion in the field are qualified to reply although whist players above parish level will of course be granted dispensation.
  15. Risex4

    Risex4 Dropped by the autobus

    To be fair, I don't believe you've ever commanded Her Majesty's Armed Forces or been exiled to a small island off the west coast of Italy, so I'd like to know your credentials for posting this?

    They were never going to attack properly up the slope to the sunken road, they should have done more on the flat. They made too much of a meal of the farm at Hugomount. There was also a very clear lack of a blan p, which further highlighted that NB was tactically past his sell-by date.
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