Guard Forces in Doctrine Jul 14, 2011 23:34:31 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jul 14, 2011 23:34:31 GMT -5
Jul 14, 2011 23:02:32 GMT -5 @brittles said:Steve: I think it is quite apparent the Keogh does not understand tactics at all, or else he would not have made that statement regarding infantry and cavalry tactics. There are no such differences. Tactics are tactics.
According to your notions, it would appear that Custer, likewise, did not understand tactics at all, otherwise, all of our esteemed Infantry officers here would not be so baffled as to his tactical maneuvers at LBH. It seems that Cavalry officers such as Godfrey, Carter, & Rosser understood exactly what Custer was trying to accomplish--tactically speaking--and had no problems approving them. Miles, an Infantry officer, even claimed he would have done exactly as Custer did at LBH. It seems that only our more experienced Infantry officers here at the forum find Custer's tactics incomprehensible or foolish. In my view, it has more to do with the different tactical mindsets between Infantry officers and Cavalry officers. Tactics are tactics, but the way in which they are executed are quite different between most Cavalry vs. Infantry officers. I am generalizing, of course.
What is different, and William laid the groundwork, is that the more mobile the force, the larger the battlespace they can operate in.
Exactly my point. Cavalry, being far more mobile, can expect to maneuver and fight across a far larger battle space than Infantry. You said it much better than I. But this is not a rule engraved in stone. Lee demonstrated this exception with his brilliant flank attack at Chancellorsville.
I think what Keogh confuses with tactics is drill. I have two period manuals in front of me as I write this. One is the 1863 Infantry Tactics, and the other is Cooke's Cavalry Tactics. Neither deals with tactics as we understand the word. The are drill manuals, even though they are labeled Tactics. Essentially they deal with how to move from one place to the other while maintaining formation. They are hardly the stuff of flank attacks, movement to contact, envelopments and the like.
You are correct that these are essentially drill manuals as opposed to tactical manuals. But I was not referencing any of these manuals in my posts, rather examples of what was actually performed in battle situations during this era. Btw, you might also wish to acquire Upton's as well to add to your collection of period manuals. They sell it at S & S Firearms in Glendale, NY. I was there this afternoon.