Eques wrote:Sorry yes I had intended to specify: What was their role historically?
Eques wrote:Thanks, that was interesting and useful, but was hoping for a "dictionary" style definition of what each of them were and what their function was.
ravenflight wrote:So, just within the term Jaeger, within the Russian army, it changes.
Eques wrote:Well, no, because I wasn't asking about quality but about role.
Eques wrote:This is my understanding of the terms I listed:
Voltigeurs: French elite light infantry.
Eques wrote:Jaegers: Central European light infantry.
Eques wrote:Fusiliers: Standard/Average line infantry (????, very badly explained in the books)
Eques wrote:Tirraileurs: No idea.
Eques wrote:Light Infantry: Catch all term for non-line infantry.
Eques wrote:Also, in the most recent book on Waterloo I read, it implied that "light regiments" could switch between open order and line (or even mostly fought in line in some cases?)
Eques wrote:What was the role of the British riflemen? Did other nations have riflemen? Did the British have light infantry other than riflemen?
Eques wrote:Did the French have light infantry other than Voltigeurs?
Eques wrote:PS: I read that "Voltigeur" meant "Vaulter", because they originally fought on foot but moved around on (vaulted on to) horses.
Eques wrote:Thanks for that.
A few further questions then:
What made Jaegers different from other Central European Light Infantry?
Eques wrote:What was the difference between French Cuirassiers and Carabiniers?
Eques wrote:Was there any practical difference between British Dragoons and other British Battle Cavalry, or was "Dragoons" just a regimental name by then?
Eques wrote:What was the difference between "horse artillery" and other artillery? Presumably all artillery required horses?
Eques wrote:What was "line artillery"? As opposed to.....?
ravenflight wrote:British Light Dragoons, Hussars, Chasseurs a Cheval etc.
KitG wrote:Actually the Poms did have 12 pounder guns, they just were often not with the army in the field, particularly in the Peninsula.
KitG wrote:And the British heavy cavalry was the envy of Europe in terms of the size of its men and horses.
KendallB wrote:Although early Imperial French cavalry regiments fought together in the same brigades and divisions for a number of years. They may not have been the best horsemen man-for-man as some of the others, but when it came to their officers knowing the abilities of their units and ability to co-ordinate their movements, they were the best. As seen in all of the campaigns between 1805-1809.
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