By Edward J. Coss,John F. Guilmartin
The British troops who fought so effectively lower than the Duke of Wellington in the course of his Peninsular crusade opposed to Napoleon have lengthy been branded by means 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 exhibits on the contrary that almost all of those redcoats have been decent workers and tradesmen and that it used to be as a rule their working-class prestige that brought on the duke’s derision. pushed into the military by means of unemployment within the wake of Britain’s business revolution, they faced wartime problem with moral values and have become ambitious squaddies within the bargain
These males trusted 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 no enough nutrients; and if throughout the crusade they did scouse borrow from Portuguese and Spanish civilians, the robbery was once attributable to not any legal leanings yet to starvation and the paltry rations supplied by way of the army.
Coss attracts on a finished database on British squaddies in addition to first-person bills of Peninsular conflict members to provide a greater knowing in their backgrounds and day-by-day lives. He describes how those ignored and abused infantrymen got here to count more and more at the emotional and actual help of peers and built their very own ethical and behavioral code. Their cohesiveness, Coss argues, was once a significant factor 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 in the course of the lens of army psychology, All for the King’s Shilling transcends the Napoleonic battlefield to aid clarify the inducement and behaviour of all squaddies below the tension of combat.
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All for the King's Shilling: The British Soldier under Wellington, 1808–1814 (Campaigns and Commanders Series) by Edward J. Coss,John F. Guilmartin