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The Grande Armée (French for "Great Army" or "Grand Army") first entered the annals of history when, in 1805, Napoleon I renamed the army that he had assembled on the French coast of the English Channel for the proposed invasion of Britain

Prior to the late 18th century, there was generally no organizational support for staff functions such as military intelligence, logistics, planning or personnel. Unit commanders  handled such functions for their units, with informal help from subordinates who were usually not trained for or assigned to a specific task.