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Thread #18702   Message #972675
Posted By: Les from Hull
26-Jun-03 - 09:47 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Warlike Lads of Russia
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Warlike Lads of Russia
One mind.

Linear Napoleonic infantry tactics relied on fighting in three ranks (or two if you were British). By the time of Borodino most troops were not sufficiently well trained to fight in line, and fighting in column of attack was much more common.

Besides it rhymes.