Redcoats Against Napoleon

Military histories of the struggle against the French armies of the Revolution and Napoleon often focus on the exploits of elite units and famous individuals, ignoring the essential contribution made by the ordinary soldiers – the bulk of the British army. This account tells the story of one such hitherto ignored group of fighting men, the 30th Regiment of the Line.

Divall’s comprehensive and immaculately researched book takes us far beyond Waterloo and into the blood, guts and drama of other key battles and events in the regiment’s long history. … She brings us a welcome new perspective on the Peninsular War… Don’t miss it!
Lancashire Evening Post

This book takes their story from one of the opening clashes of the long war, the Siege of Toulon in 1793, to the decisive Battle of Waterloo in 1815. It offers a fresh perspective on key events the men took part in – Massena’s retreat from the Lines of Torres Vedras, the bloody storming of Badajoz, the retreat from Burgos, the ordeal of the troops holding the centre of Wellington’s Waterloo position.

Previously unpublished and vivid memoirs left by the men themselves and those they fought alongside are also presented.

redcoats against napoleon by carole divall
  • Published: 19th March 2009
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword


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