Population: 15.5 million
Britain was the banker in the war against the French
Revolution and then Napoleon
wealth, through industrialisation and resources from its
many colonies, gave it a healthy treasury with which to
finance other armies to fight the French.
from its wealth, Britain's strength lay in its formidable
navy, which prevented any serious attempts to invade it.
The smashing of a major French-Spanish fleet at Trafalgar
by Admiral Horatio Nelson
ended any dangers of a seaborne landing.
Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Portugal and Spain and began
the Peninsular War,
it gave Britain the chance to pit its small field army against
the troops that conquered Europe.
Made up of the dregs of society, the redcoat army was forged
into the best fighting force in the world by the Duke
Having fought the entire war against France, Britain had
the dubious honour of ensuring Bonaparte's final defeat
on the field of Waterloo.