paul.mercer wrote:Hi RF,
....the redesigned British bayonet tactics and disciplined volley fire had a lot to do with their defeat?
but I wonder if the redesigned British bayonet tactics and disciplined volley fire had a lot to do with their defeat?
tommy303 wrote:but I wonder if the redesigned British bayonet tactics and disciplined volley fire had a lot to do with their defeat?
I could be mistaken, but if I recall correctly, Flodden was fought about 150 years before the French first introduced a detachable bayonet for musket armed infantry. A short hunting sword, known as a bayonnette was in existance in the late 16th century, but it was not intended to be fixed to a musket. At the time of Flodden matchlock muskets were being fielded, but pike, bill, halberd, and bows were still the predominent infantry weapons. Flodden was the first major battle in the British Isles where artillery played an important role on both sides, however.
Bayonets were first introduced to the British army about 1660 and were of the plug type; although a socket bayonet which permitted the musket to be loaded and fired was introduced in the 1670s, they did not become common or entirely replace the plug bayonets until after 1700 and the succession of George I. The era of disciplined volleys and bayonet tactics in the British Army were largely the result of adopting the reforms of the Prussian Army shortly before the Seven Years War. Bayonets and disciplined vollies did play a great part in the defeat of the Scots at Culloden.
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