Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket [NOOK Book]

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Redcoat is the brilliant story of the common British soldier from 1700 to 1900, based on the letters and diaries of the men who served and the women who followed them.Delving into the history of the period – charting events including Wolfe's victory and death at Quebec, Wellington's Peninsular War, Waterloo, the retreat from Kabul and the Sikh wars – celebrated military historian Richard Holmes provides a comprehensive portrait of a fallible but extraordinarily successful ...
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Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket

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Overview

Redcoat is the brilliant story of the common British soldier from 1700 to 1900, based on the letters and diaries of the men who served and the women who followed them.Delving into the history of the period – charting events including Wolfe's victory and death at Quebec, Wellington's Peninsular War, Waterloo, the retreat from Kabul and the Sikh wars – celebrated military historian Richard Holmes provides a comprehensive portrait of a fallible but extraordinarily successful fighting force.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007374052
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2011
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 390,864
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Holmes was one of Britain’s most distinguished and eminent military historians and broadcasters. He was the author of many best-selling and widely acclaimed books including Redcoat, Tommy, Marlborough and Wellington, and famous for his BBC series. He served in the Territorial Army, and was Colonel of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment from 1999 to 2007. Richard Holmes died suddenly in April 2011 from pneumonia. He had been suffering from non-Hodgkins’ Lymphoma.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Introduction
Maps
I The Age of Brown Bess
That Article There 3
Scarlet and Blue 13
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain 21
Red Coat and Brown Bess 32
England, Home and Beauty? 47
II All the King's Horses and All the King's Men
Sword and State 79
Line of Battle 88
III Brothers of the Blade
Scum of the Earth 135
Epaulette Gentry 157
IV Horse, Foot, Guns - and Wounds
Marching Regiments 183
Galloping at Everything 223
The Nimble Gunner 241
Currency of War 249
V Home Fires
More Like Prisons 265
Daughters of the Regiment 292
Carrot and Stick 307
VI Foreign Fields
Chain of Command 329
The Trooper's on the Tide 345
The Painful Field 357
The Imminent Deadly Breach 378
Captains in Open Field 392
VII Epilogue
Worthy of Remembrance 413
References 423
Bibliography 437
Acknowledgments 446
Index 447
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2005

    Unlikely Hero Of A Read

    If your boyfriend/father/husband/brother is an intelligent tough guy, buy him this book. I came across a copy accidentally, started reading it and couldn't stop. It gives soldiers' first hand accounts of what it was like to be not only in the thick of battle, but on the march, and back at home. Holmes has an uncanny gift for making it all interesting -- you'll find yourself fascinated by trivia like the percentage of men who died from leg vs arm amputations, the accuracy of muskets vs rifles and inundated with surprisingly fascinating explanations as to how soldiers decided whose wives could come along and who couldn't. And you get a look at the first special forces, and basically see why the American army (which is obviously rooted in the British army) is organized the way it is. If you know a guy who watches the history channel a lot, or likes war movies and want to get him something he'll love but didn't even know about it, this is it. He'll thank you, and you can read it when he's done.

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