Bernard Cornwell Quote #46: Sharpe had seen columns before, and…


Sharpe had seen columns before, and was puzzled by them. […] These columns had around forty men in a rank and twenty in each file. The French used such a formation, a great battering block of men, because it was simpler to persuade conscripts to advance in such an array and because, against badly trained troops, the very sight of such a great mass of men was daunting. But against redcoats? It was suicide.

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