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Osprey Men-at-Arms 114 : Wellington's Infantry (1)

The infantry was Wellington's favoured tool, and he played a major role in raising its standards of excellence. He used it carefully, on ground which he selected to give it maximum advantage and protection; and he came to understand its capabilities and weaknesses exactly. A strict disciplinarian, he knew when to turn a blind eye. He asked a great deal from his men, but always tried to ensure that they had the equipment, the training and the officers they deserved. He introduced reforms which improved their career structure and their comfort and health alike. He never bullied them over pointless details, but insisted on the highest standards of professional behaviour in the field. He was nearly always outnumbered and far from any reinforcements; it became his invariable habit to use his men's lives sparingly, and in return he gained their trust - though never the sentimental affection they had given Moore or Abercromby. Bryan Fosten examines all aspects of Wellington's infantry, including army life, organisation, uniforms, drill, regimental distinctions, weapons and equipment, well-illustrated throughout including eight full page colour plates by the author himself. The companion book is Men-at-Arms 119 : Wellington's Infantry (2).

    Contents
  • Composition of the Infantry
  • Commanders and Staff
  • Establishment
  • Army Life
  • Organization
  • Weapons and Equipment
  • Movements and Drill
  • Regimental Distinctions
  • The Plates


The books in this series are;
Men-at-Arms 114 : Wellington's Infantry (1)
Men-at-Arms 119 : Wellington's Infantry (2)

 

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