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 through 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 the majority of those redcoats have been first rate workers and tradesmen and that it was once typically 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 commercial revolution, they faced wartime problem with moral values and have become ambitious squaddies 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 generally marched for days with no enough meals; and if in the course of the crusade they did thieve from Portuguese and Spanish civilians, the robbery was once attributable to not any felony leanings yet to starvation and the paltry rations supplied by way of the army.
Coss attracts on a complete database on British squaddies in addition to first-person debts of Peninsular struggle contributors to provide a greater knowing 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 co-workers and constructed their very own ethical and behavioral code. Their cohesiveness, Coss argues, used to be 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 during the lens of army psychology, All for the King’s Shilling transcends the Napoleonic battlefield to assist clarify the inducement and behaviour of all infantrymen less than 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