why dont soldiers fire at the commanding officer during the Napoleonic wars

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Its not hard to figure out who is the commanding officer, its always the one wearing a big bicorne, holding no muskets or rifle but a sabre pointing at the enemy's lines and barking orders.

If they just shoot that big hat guy standing on either end of the line the entire line of enemy infantry would be paralyze wouldnt it? They can't do anything without orders.

I remember reading that during the battle of waterloo an artillery officer asked wellington if he can have a try at napoleon's position as he is within firing range and wellington said no because he did not want people to think he only beat napoleon because napoleon was not in command. Pretty sure there are other generals who are less chivalrous out there?
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(Original post by HucktheForde)
Its not hard to figure out who is the commanding officer, its always the one wearing a big bicorne, holding no muskets or rifle but a sabre pointing at the enemy's lines and barking orders.

If they just shoot that big hat guy standing on either end of the line the entire line of enemy infantry would be paralyze wouldnt it? They can't do anything without orders.

I remember reading that during the battle of waterloo an artillery officer asked wellington if he can have a try at napoleon's position as he is within firing range and wellington said no because he did not want people to think he only beat napoleon because napoleon was not in command. Pretty sure there are other generals who are less chivalrous out there?
a) because he's not taking pot shots at you, but the other 40 soldiers in each of 2 ranks facing you are, so it's not so easy to fire any sort of aimed shot.
b) because he's got a whole line of senior Lieutenants, then junior Lieutenants, then Sergeants etc who just stand up in his place.

The front ranks of the force would start firing at full range of the weapons, they didn't have weapons (except cannons with little targeting ability) that could shoot much further than the front rank of the enemy, so you couldn't get the generals on the hillside behind very easily.
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