Wellington's Peninsula Regiments:
The Light Infantry
many people think of British light infantry from the Napoleonic
Wars the first unit that comes to mind would be the 95th Rifles.
legendary sharpshooters in rifle green have grabbed the public's
attention through such series as the Sharpe novels and movies,
but there were other light infantry units that helped defeat Napoleon
Osprey's second title looking at Wellington's Peninsula regiments
- The Light Infantry - the spotlight is turned upon regular light
infantry regiments. They are the 43rd Monmouthshire, the 52nd
Oxfordshire, the 51st 2nd Yorkshire West Riding, the 68th Durham
Light Infantry and the 85th Bucks Volunteers.
Chappell's look at the light infantry is excellent. There is no
details the how their art of war was lost in the reduction of
the army following the loss of the American colonies and how the
success of revolutionary France's skirmishers forced a major rethink.
for Britain there were several excellent soldiers who could re-train
the light infantry - including Sir John Moore and Colonel Kenneth
Mackenzie - although more conservative opinions wanted to have
regiments that could fight in both line and light infantry styles.
points out that despite the difficulties of mastering both tactical
aspects of warfare, the British light infantry regiments performed
looks at each of the regiments in turn and goes through the battles
they fought, from Vimiero to Toulouse. In addition, he presents
a fantastic series of paintings of their uniforms.
Wellington's Peninsula Regiments (2) The Light Infantry is yet
another excellent title from Mike Chappell and Osprey.