ARTICLE VII. On the Conduct of an Officer towards a Party of Hussars of equal strength with his own
When an officer falls in with a detachment of hussars of equal strength with his own, fortune generally decides in favor of the best men and the best horses, who attack their adversary vigorously, though they should be fired on, and never suffer themselves to give way, but fall resolutely on them without making any use of their fire arms.
There are, however, many advantages to be derived from being in an open country, which will more happily forward this design.
Supposing his detachment to consist of forty men, the first line should be composed of twenty -five, and the second of fifteen, to shew a larger front to the enemy, but this arrangement must take place without the adversary's knowledge: the rear rank is then to be so disposed, that the flank files of the front rank be always covered, to give the appearance of the ranks being complete; the enemy, conceiving of course that the detachment is stronger than it really is, will be the more afraid to attack it. In this order we may march directly towards them, and when the horses are on a full trot, oblique a little, I will suppose towards the right, to take the enemy on the left wing, and if they have not paid immediate attention to this manoeuvre, they will be easily outflanked on the left and beaten. But if the enemy perceive the intention, they will naturally make a movement to the left, to avoid being flanked: as soon as we find this, five or six men filing from our left (who have been well instructed how to proceed) should fall on the enemy's right wing, whilst the rest attack the left, sword in hand. By this means you endeavor to throw them into disorder and confusion, which will occasion their defeat.