The British Soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars

    Philip J Haythornthwaite

    Pen & Sword 2012

    Hardback 208pp Illustrated

    9781844159581   Product Code: 20478

    If Wellington valued the rank and file of his army (despite calling them 'the scum of the earth') much of the civilian population had a low opinion of their qualities. This detailed survey of the ordinary soldiers in the British Army of the Napoleonic era draws on contemporary testimony and records to describe the men and their backgrounds, explain the military organization and harsh code of discipline that governed them, and explore their living conditions and place in society.

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