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Wellington's Infantry (Hardback)

British Foot Regiments 1800–1815

Napoleonic Peninsular War Colour Books Military 19th Century

By Gabriele Esposito
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 50 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526786678
Published: 2nd February 2021



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The period covered in this book is one of the most famed and glorious for the British Army and the infantry were its backbone. Gabriele Esposito examines how the foot regiments were reformed and evolved to absorb the lessons of defeat in America and setbacks elsewhere to become the efficient and dependable bedrock of victory in the Napoleonic Wars. He details the uniforms, equipment and weapons of the infantry, along with their organization and tactics. Chapters are devoted to the Guards, the line regiments of foot, the Light Infantry and Rifles as well as Highland and Lowland Scots regiments.

The author considers not only those units serving with Wellington in the Peninsular War and Waterloo Campaign, but all British infantry units, including those in Canada, the West Indies, India and elsewhere, not forgetting even the home defence Fencibles. Foreign units serving with the British army, most notably the King's German Legion, are also included. The work is lavishly illustrated with colour artwork.

A magnificent job.

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Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

This isn’t an in-depth look at the British Army from this period, but it is a good jumping off point for more detailed research. It does provide some excellent information for some of the more obscure units serving in the army, which may appeal to a wargamer looking to add some unusual flavour to their army.

It does provide some good resources for painting miniatures, which is always useful. Would I recommend this book, yes to anyone starting out in this period, as it’s a great starting point? I’m not sure someone already well exposed to this period in military history will find it very useful, its probably an interesting read but I wouldn’t rush out to purchase if you already have a well-stocked bookshelf of similar books.

Personally, I found it to be a very good read, and got me thinking about building some of the more obscure units, especially for skirmish gaming.

Irregular magazine, Issue 16 Volume 2 / Summer 2021 - review by Jason Hubbard

The book is an attractive volume, it provides a good overview of the British army.

Gareth Glover, The Waterloo Association

"The book has many illustrations".

Dr John Morewood, Friends of the Waterloo Committee Ass

"Novices will come for the introductory information. Grognards will stay for the obscure units."

The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

Regular readers will be familiar with Gabriele's organisation features for The Armourer, and that's essentially what this book is, with a look at the make up of Wellington's Light Infantry. It's not just the organisation though, there's also uniforms, weapons, equipment and tactics. The Guards, line regiments, Light Infantry and Rifles and Scottish Regiments are covered, not just in the Peninsular War and Waterloo campaigns, but also in Canada, West Indies and India. With excellent quality paper, it's a solid look at Wellington's men.

The Armourer July 2021

"The images produced are large and in full colour and do enhance the book... Overall, the book is an attractive volume, it provides a good overview of the British army."

The Napoleon Series

The book is a great introduction to British infantry forces, as well as a great compendium for identifying all of the numerous small units that were recruited at the time.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

This is a really well-presented book produced on great paper stock, which has a nice feel as you turn its pages and its quality really enhances the terrific images of Redcoat troops.

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The Napoleonic Guide

As many a good military book it begins with the Foot Guards and then moves on to us lesser mortals. As well as the mainstream it looks at contemporary British units in Canada , the West Indies ,Africa , India and Australia. There is a chapter covering The King’s German Legion and other foreign troops in British Service.

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Enjoy a jolly interesting read and put this book in your reference section for dipping into as the need arises or when you just feel like looking at the pictures. We strongly recommend this book.

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Clash of Steel

A nicely presented book and one which I think many painters of wargame figurines will thoroughly enjoy, as well as those who enjoy re-enactments. Useful detail, plenty of colour references and even better for tackling not only the uniforms of the units in Europe at the time of Wellington, but which also remembers that the British Army of the time still had commitments in plenty of other countries around the world.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

This is a great little book to help you learn about the Army at this time and will be a good jumping off point into further researched. I can see this book being well read by Re-enactors and Wargammers alike.

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Medieval Sword School

A concise but welcome summary of the British foot regiments of the period. The images are well selected and the book considers service in locations and regions beyond the Napoleonic European theatre.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Gabriele Esposito

GABRIELE ESPOSITO is a military historian who works as a freelance author and researcher for some of the most important publishing houses in the military history sector. In particular, he is an expert specializing in uniformology: his interests and expertise range from the ancient civilizations to modern postcolonial conflicts. During recent years he has conducted and published several researches on the military history of the Latin American countries, with special attention on the War of the Triple Alliance and the War of the Pacific. He is among the leading experts on the military history of the Italian Wars of Unification and the Spanish Carlist Wars. His books and essays are published on a regular basis by important publishing houses and he is also the author of numerous military history articles appearing in specialized magazines like Ancient Warfare, Medieval Warfare, The Armourer, History of War, Guerres et Histoire, Focus Storia and Focus Storia Wars. His many previous works include Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607-1713 and Armies of the Late Roman Empire AD 284-476 , Armies of the Hellenistic States 323 BC - AD 30, Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC - AD 106 , Armies of Ancient Greece circa 500 - 338 BC, and Armies of Ancient Italy 753 - 218 BC.

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