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Calling succeeded 60 up in the redoubts were his last reserves, in repulsing the attack, firing into de Saxe finally but the British and Great Captains French infantry 1745 Hanoverian infantry had suffered 6,000 casualties, onethird of their strength. At last Cumberland gave the order to retreat, and the depleted battalions fell back without confusion or wavering, covered by rear guards hundred paces to fire a volley. As the two armies slowly disengaged, the British cavalry charged again and again to check the pursuit, but the French had had enough.
In Europe, and particularly on the open plains of Flanders, the Brown Bess proved an ideal weapon. Its mechanism was simple, it was strongly constructed, and above all, it was easy to load. At forty to fifty yards' range the disciplined volley fire of the British infantry proved deadly. It was only later, in the fighting in America, that a lighter weapon with increased range was needed. The greatest virtue of the Brown Bess was the speed with which it could be loaded. The bullets used were one-twentieth of an inch smaller than the bore of the musket.
While from a strategic point of view much attention was paid to the building force of fully-trained soldiers at of defensive became adept strongholds, commanders in the field manoeuvring their armies so as to threaten their opponents' supply lines and only accepted 38 at Rise of National Armies battle under the most favourable conditions. regular soldier was The regarded as too valuable to be thrown away in an ill-conceived head-on collision. This new concept of manoeuvring against an enemy's lines of communication and forcing him to leave his entrenched camps was much practised by Henri, Vicomte de Turenne.