Dismounted Cavalry

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AFPU
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Dismounted Cavalry

Post by AFPU »

Hi.

Perry's make some nice dismounted British Light Dragoons; but I can't see anywhere in GDA the ability to dismount cavalry, so does anyone have any ideas or house rules I could use?

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Re: Dismounted Cavalry

Post by bellebsc »

Why not use picketts charge rules as it's the same author rule set.

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Post by Archdukek »

Napoleonic Light Cavalry generally wouldn't fight dismounted in the kind of battle which a GdA game represents which I presume is why there are no rules for this. It is a key difference from the ACW.

If you like the figures why don't you consider using them for Sharp Practice. You can also use traditionally mounted Napoleonic troops for that. They don't have to be individually based.

John

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Re: Dismounted Cavalry

Post by AFPU »

Thank for the replies and the idea of using the Pickett's Charge rules is a good one as I already have these for my ACW armies; and if I do choose to use the dismounted Light Dragoons I'll probably only let them operate as skirmishers.

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Post by AFPU »

Hi

I have found that on Page 79 of the rules it states that under Cavalry Firing "Dismounted Dragoon regiments operate either as Close Order Infantry or Infantry Skirmishers."

So the rules appear to allow for dismounted cavalry, and in particular Dragoons.

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Gary

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Post by baxterj »

I suspect that that rule is intended for the 'foot' dragoon regts in 1805/06, rather than your typical dismounted French dragoon squadron in the Peninsula etc. IMHO, these should fire as skirmishers only. I have dismounted skirmishing figures done for two of my AB French dragoon regts so am thinking on how to depict them in the rules myself!

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Post by DCRBrown »

A/B,

Dismounted Dragoons in close order would be the French dismounted dragoon a pied regiments of the Austerlitz campaign.

In all other situations, yes, dismounted dragoons would operate as skirmishers.

DB

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Funny coincidence, this was extensively covered in Henry Hyde’s latest podcast (I listened yesterday). ACW was an infantry war, in a context of lack of tradition of cavalry types (heavy, medium and light), tactics and differentiated roles
Totally the opposite in Europe
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