I had expected it to be a history of the British Army and in particular it's wars and battles. He was educated at Cambridge, Northern Illinois, and Reading Universities, and carried out his doctoral research on the French army of the Second Empire. Among the highlights are Wolfe's victory and death at Quebec, Wellington's Peninsular War, Waterloo, the retreat from Kabul, the Crimean War, and the Indian Mutiny. . It seems a system almost guaranteed to ensure that quality and experience was less important that money. It's well researched and full of accurate trivial detail.
Based on the letters and diaries of the men who served and the women who followed them, this book is rich in the history of a fascinating era. The cap may have differed depending on the regiment, but a traditional pattern was the to be replaced by the. It was deeply interesting to learn more about the British army in the period, and Holmes is clearly both knowledgeable and passionate about the subject; however, at times the prose really dragged, bogged down by dull facts and figures, and in those moments I started skim-reading, eager to get to the next section. There were also stipulations as to the way the men wore their hair. Light edge-wear to dustwrapper, price-clipped. From United Kingdom to U. A normal private soldier may have been paid 8d if serving with a Regiment of Foot but received almost 2s 6d if enlisted with the cavalry.
Holmes tells us much about these lives, and also the women who were around the troops. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. The focus of Redcoat, however, is on the individual recollections and experiences of the ordinary soldiers in the wars of Georgian and early Victorian England. For many years he taught military history at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. It also has my favourite thing, gossip and funny stories and the kind of fascinating little factoids that you remember.
Cracking stuff Redcoat was a really hard book for me to rate because I found it both interesting and dull at the same time. Tickets £10 'No question - the non-fiction book of the year is Richard Holmes' Age of Wonder' Andrew Marr - an incident-packed account of a time when science and art marched hand in hand, and Coleridge and Humphry Davy were Yin and Yang. The print in this one is so tiny I couldn't read it without extra light. In fact, I'm using it right now. Motivations behind the volunteering nature were not solely patriotic, but also commonly economic.
It is not just a work of history — but one of enthusiasm and unparalleled knowledge. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket. Bookseller: , Utah, United States. Solidly based on the letters and diaries of the men who served and the women who followed them, the book is rich in the history of the period. They were uneducated, generally illiterate, frequently drunk, poverty-stricken, disease-ridden, itinerate looters, vagabonds and thieves.
Meanwhile, the commissioned officers were swelled by those who had bought their rank - about two-thirds over the period 1660-1871 were purchased. Holmes' exact range spans from the Seven Years War to the end of the Crimean war and the Indian Mutiny, or just about a century. He fails, however, in his aim of dealing with the ordinary private soldier as much of the history he discusses concentrates on the generals and officers leading the wars and battles. Among the highlights are Wolfe's victory and death at Quebec, Wellington's Peninsular War, Waterloo, the retreat from Kabul, the Crimean War, and the Indian Mutiny. The focus of Redcoat, however, is the individual recollection and experience of the ordinary soldiers serving in the wars fought by Georgian and early Victorian England.
While on campaign, the army would gather a large group of followers ranging from sutlers, who would sell commodities to the soldiers, to the wives and women who chose to follow their men into war. The woman who constructed a baby out of tin with a wax face that she'd fill up with rum, smuggle the tin baby into the alcohol-free barracks after hours, and sell sips from the baby's face, making enough to open her own bar--just one of many similar stories. While Holmes' is an easy read, and he has a wonderful eye for the amusing and unusual anecdote, what this book does well is to answer a difficult question. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. From United Kingdom to U. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original black paper covered boards, gilt title and author lettering to the spine, colour illustrated end papers.
Certainly more applicable to the landed and wealthy gentlemen, fears of invasion also persuaded many to serve; not so much to support the nation as a whole, but to preserve their own interests, money and property which could be lost if the enemy succeeded. He covers all facets from recruitment, camp life, pay, uniforms, weapons, tactics, women, rations and -- not to be neglected — drink, which was copious. There were many different patterns of musket fired during the 18th century, but the weapon normally favoured a which was more reliable than the preceding system used during the in the 17th century. They also had different insignia, and a decorative metal plate over the neck called a. From 1800 onwards soldiers received a daily allowance in addition to their regular wages. A sociology of the British soldier 1700-1860: Professor Holmes has written a thematic sociological history of the British redcoated soldier in the age of the Brown Bess musket, i. There was much that could go wrong with the musket — from misfires in wet weather, to the gun firing at random due to sparks which set the powder off.
The dress provided were often uncomfortable, and could restrict movement; although when on campaign soldiers would frequently augment their uniform to make them more comfortable and practical. This book was recommended to me by several other author friends, and I'm so glad I found it. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. From United Kingdom to U. Conditions in camp were normally inadequate as a site had to be set up wherever space was available — basic amenities such as fresh running water would have to be collected from nearby sources and often had to be dug once camp had been set up.