“So we are to be part of the Guard then?” asked Hilaire.
The officers of the newly upgraded 16th Corsican Grand Regiment were present in Besseau’s private tent, enjoying aged brandy and premium cigars as they discussed the recent news. Major Kleist was also present, having just arrived only an hour before which was also an hour after he received his orders.
“That’s the order,” said Besseau.
“We are being augmented with support units, as well as several companies under Major Kleist,” he continued, pointing at the young commander. “But considering the nature of our future service, and the lack of guaranteed reinforcements, I have decided on a major restructuring of our forces.”
There was grumbling all around the group.
“Hear me out and then you can complain,” said Besseau. “Because battle casualties cannot be replaced, we will have to organize our companies so that they can meet a minimum requirement for combat effectiveness, which means making them allot smaller.”
“But, our entire doctrine revolves around continuously shifting platoons within a company in order to keep battle fatigue to a minimum,” said Lazare.
“I understand that,” said Besseau. “But we must now focus on maximum concentration of firepower to quickly overwhelm our enemies in order to maintain combat stamina. Or at least, try it.”
“It’s the same tactic that the Voltigeurs have been using for centuries,” said Kleist. “That is how we are able to engage regiment sized forces with a fraction of the manpower.”
“But the Voltigeurs are the elite of the Corsican military,” said Hilaire. “So am I correct in assuming that we will somehow have to raise the caliber of an entire regiment to the level of Imperial Stormtroopers without considering that only a fraction of the personnel would ever pass the smallest portion of the selection requirements?”
“Well ok then,” said Hilaire.
“Major Kleist will be in charge of the training program so you all will be taking your lead from him for the time being,” said Besseau. “We have our work cut out for us gentlemen. We will be reorganizing, training, and shuffling men around all at the same time for the next few months. And it’s not going to be easy.”