NAPOLEON’S INFLUENCE ON MODERN WESTERN MILITARY ARMIES Essay
History 100, Staff Group A, CGSC Class 14-001
27 March 2014
Throughout history, military leaders have immortalized their legacies by vanquishing their enemies in the battlefield against overwhelming odds. Soldiers and historians have revered their accomplishments by studying their mastery in the art of warfare with the hopes mimicking their accomplishments. Of them all, Napoleon Bonaparte is considered the best military leader in the history of the Western World and has been the most influential with the development of modern day Western armies. According to Knox, “military revolutions are changes in the nature and purpose of war itself.”1 Napoleon's military tactics and strategy …show more content…
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time in history, infantry units could be supported by artillery in all phases of combat.8 While his enemies used cavalry to harass enemy formations, Napoleon used his cavalry as a flanking element in support of his infantry by charging into them with maximum force. He realized the importance of artillery and increased its numbers.9 His combined arms army was capable of facing and defeating much larger enemy formations. It allowed commanders to quickly flank his enemies, maximize his fields of fire, and destroy enemy formations by simultaneously unleashing his combat capabilities. In comparison, the U.S. Army has various combined arms units to fight its nations wars. Of them all, the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) is the country's primary combat unit.
The BCTs are organized depending on their mission requirements. They are either Armored, Infantry, or Stryker BCTs. They all consists of at least three light or mechanized infantry battalions, one cavalry battalion, one field artillery battalion, and two support battalions. BCTs provide commanders the flexibility to maneuver a small and