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So, I bought Napoleon Total War a few months ago on a Steam deal, but only got to really play it now.

I've never touched a Total War game before, and I'm usually pretty bad with strategy games, especially real time ones.

And I'm having a real hard time with managing the battles... How am I supposed to place my troops, move them, and attack, and so on?

My casualties are pretty big on battles that are supposed to be a lot easier...
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Have you played the tutorial missons? They are very good.
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Don't be afraid to pause a lot and then issue move orders.

Just be smart about placement, and try to use the flanking maneuver often.
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yea you should pause or slow down the pace of battle because certain times oyu find yourself needing to issue like 15 orders in a second

here are some simple rules to go by:

-don't spread your lines too thin
-make sure you always have a "reserve component" if possible, don't commit all your troops to the fight right away
-use cavalry on the flanks to protect you from being flanked
-protect the hell out of your artillery
-utilize buildings, fences, walls and other terrain as much as possible
-never charge right away with your cavalry, wear him down first
- try not to charge straight on, hit the enemy in the flanks

Naval battles are completely different. You need to arrange you guys so you don't get surrounded, you constantly stay on the move (and preferably have the wind advantage), and arrange your people so you have a constant stream of fire to take out 1 ship at a time (IMO) start with the biggest
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Thanks, I'll try those tips, hopefully that will work.
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