British Redcoat 1793-1815 by Stuart Reid

By Stuart Reid

Книга Osprey - Warrior №20. British Redcoat (2) 1793-1815 Osprey - Warrior №20. British Redcoat (2) 1793-1815 Книги Вооружение Автор: Stuart Reid Год издания: 1997 Формат: pdf Издат.:Osprey - Warrior Страниц: sixty three Размер: 10.1 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:In 1783 the British military struggled domestic from North the USA in a shattered situation. It had acquitted itself good, yet its regiments have been now woefully understrength, and it used to be now not until eventually 1789 that they have been back healthy for carrier. Little greater than 3 years later, Republican France declared conflict, and, except brief sessions, the military used to be to be seriously engaged all over the world for the following 23 years. starting the place Warrior 19 British Redcoat 1740-93 ends, Stuart Reid exhibits how the military was once re-organised, re-equipped, re-trained and led from the sour fight within the West Indies to the ultimate reckoning at Waterloo.

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On the march, furry hats also collected dust, which, if not present on the road, was sometimes created by the pipeclayed uniforms. T h e highland feather bonnet shared most of these disadvantages (although it was supposed to be equipped with an oilskin cover). After a long march, soldiers would spend hours restoring their dress and equipment to a pristine condition rather than resting: "A march will never be admitted as an excuse for dirt and slovenliness. "^^ In 1 8 3 1 , the Clothing Board recommended a reduction of only 22 The Spectacular Image three ounces in the one-poimd, fifteen-ounce shako, the most it could be decreased without weakening its design.

Although they contributed much to the British war effort, after 1815 they were viewed as pohtically untrustworthy. Middle- and lower-middle-class officers were less likely to be committed to the status quo, and were thus more prone to become mercenary or revolutionary in sentiment (like the French officers who had risen with the Revolution). The reactionary duke of Cumberland felt this was the case with the post-1815 Prussian army: "Many of the generals and principal officers with whom I am in daily habits agree with me, that what was good and necessary in 1813 to 1815 ought to have ceased after the war, as it was only calculated for the necessity of the times, but this was not done [and the army] was made subservient to the worst of objects .

W h e n General Sir John Moore was severely wounded at the battle of Corunna in 1808, he would not allow his aides to remove his sword, though it aggravated his wound. "^^ In peacetime, to ensure that passers-by would not miss the effect, many officers wore their swords low, so that the end of the scabbard, the "shoe," would make noise by dragging on the ground. '^^ Enlisted men also carried weapons, and though cavalrymen wore swords, the abolition of the hanger (short sword) for heavy infantry in 1768 left the bayonet as the infantryman's side arm (rifle regiments used sword-bayonets).

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