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Gallantry and Discipline (Hardback)

The 12th Light Dragoons at War with Wellington

Military > Frontline Books > Frontline: Napoleonic Military > Frontline Books > Frontline: Regimental History Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic > Battle of Waterloo Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic > Peninsular War

By Andrew Bamford
Frontline Books
Pages: 306
ISBN: 9781848327436
Published: 22nd October 2014



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The 12th Light Dragoons served throughout Wellington's campaigns in the Peninsula, most notably at the Battle of Salamanca in 1812, and later at Waterloo where they suffered heavy casualties supporting the Union Brigade's famous charge. The principal source for this book are the papers of Sir James Steaurt – Colonel of the regiment for almost all of the period in question – supplemented by other regimental records, Horse Guards paperwork, and letters and memoirs, allowing both an official understanding of events, and several threads of human interest which develop through the narrative.

The book is divided into two halves, first providing an overview of the regiment and the role of Steuart as Colonel, before moving onto an account of the regiment on home service during the early years of the Napoleonic Wars and then on active service in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo. This concludes with a discussion of the lessons learnt during the war, as particularly exemplified by the 12th being one of the regiments selected for conversion to lancers in the aftermath of Waterloo.

Drawing on materials about the 12th Light Dragoons it is a very useful guide to the interior workings of any cavalry regiment during the Napoleonic Wars.


The Society for Army Historical Research 2015 Christmas Book List

A very rounded work and a very good read.

Friends of the National Army Museum

This is a very engaging history of one of the most distinguished cavalry regiments in the British Army... A first rate history.

Classic Arms and Militaria

The book is well illustrated and readers of the memoirs of British cavalrymen in the Peninsular and Waterloo campaigns, will derive a much greater understanding of the difficulties of maintaining a light cavalry regiment in the field from this volume.

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Bamford has produced an extremely well researched title of a high academic standard... Overall, the book deserves a five out of five star rating and earns a place on any home bookshelf.

Mark Simner

Gallantry and Discipline is a superb regimental history which covers a wide range of topics on the internal composition of the regiment and the 12th Light Dragoons in the Peninsular War and Waterloo. The author draws heavily on the correspondence of the Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Ponsonby and Lieutenant Vandeleur. It is a must read for the serious student of the Napoleonic Era!

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 Andrew Bamford

About Andrew Bamford

ANDREW BAMFORD was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Derby. He holds a PhD in Military History from the University of Leeds and now works as a freelance historian and writer. As well as extensive magazine work, he is also author of the forthcoming Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword: to be published by the University of Oklahoma Press

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