By Edward J. Coss,John F. Guilmartin
The British troops who fought so effectively below the Duke of Wellington in the course of his Peninsular crusade opposed to Napoleon have lengthy been branded by way of the duke’s personal words—“scum of the earth”—and assumed to were society’s ne’er-do-wells or criminals who enlisted to flee justice. Now Edward J. Coss indicates on the contrary that the majority of those redcoats have been first rate workers and tradesmen and that it used to be quite often their working-class prestige that triggered the duke’s derision. pushed into the military by means of unemployment within the wake of Britain’s commercial revolution, they faced wartime problem with moral values and have become ambitious infantrymen within the bargain
These males relied on the king’s shilling for survival, but pay used to be erratic and provisions have been scant. Fed worse even than sixteenth-century Spanish galley slaves, they typically marched for days with out sufficient nutrients; and if throughout the crusade they did scouse borrow from Portuguese and Spanish civilians, the robbery used to be attributable to not any felony leanings yet to starvation and the paltry rations supplied by means of the army.
Coss attracts on a entire database on British squaddies in addition to first-person bills of Peninsular conflict individuals to provide a greater realizing in their backgrounds and day-by-day lives. He describes how those missed and abused squaddies got here to count more and more at the emotional and actual aid of fellow workers and constructed their very own ethical and behavioral code. Their cohesiveness, Coss argues, was once a significant component of their mythical triumphs over Napoleon’s battle-hardened troops.
The first paintings to heavily learn the social composition of Wellington’s rank and dossier during the lens of army psychology, All for the King’s Shilling transcends the Napoleonic battlefield to assist clarify the incentive and behaviour of all squaddies below the strain of combat.
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