Redcoats Against Napoleon (Hardback)
The 30th Regiment During the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
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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. Carole Divall, in this graphic and painstakingly researched account, tells the story of one such hitherto ignored group of fighting men, the 30th Regiment of the Line. She 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. She gives us 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. The regiment's history - which she describes using some hitherto unpublished and vivid memoirs left by the men themselves and those they fought alongside - offers a fascinating insight into the life of British soldiers two centuries ago.
Carole Divall should be commended for bringing back to life the history of a regiment with a proud record of accomplishments during the Napoleonic Wars. Redcoats against the Napoleon is an enjoyable read and I recommend it to those who are interested in the British Army.Robert Burnham - Napoleon Series
Redcoats against Napoleon superbly illustrates the problems that a 2nd Battalion on active service underwent.R Burnham, FINS December 2009
Ms. Divall should be commended for bringing back to life the history of a regiment with a proud record of accomplishments during the Napoleonic Wars. Redcoats against Napoleon is an enjoyable read and I recommend it to those who are interested in the British Army. Hopefully, it will be the first of many future histories of the regiments that formed the bulk of Wellington's Army, but are greatly overshadowed by those with more famous lineages.
..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
The disastrous retreat and near disintegration of Sir John Moore's army on the road to Corunna in 1809 is traditionally regarded as the low point in the history of the British intervention in the Peninsular War. Yet under the Duke of Wellington the British and their allies suffered defeats and retreats that tend to be overshadowed by the series of victories that eventually drove the French from Portugal and Spain. None of these setbacks was graver than the retreat that followed the disastrous failure of the siege of Burgos in 1812. It is this, less than glorious, phase of the Peninsular campaign…By Carole Divall
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