WELLINGTON'S RED JACKETS


WELLINGTON'S RED JACKETS

STEVE BROWN    Book Number: 84829    Product format: Hardback

The Duke of Wellington's Peninsular Army was filled with many illustrious regiments such as the 95th Rifles, the British Guards, the Buffs, and the Die-Hards. A regiment remembered by few is the 45th Foot which stands above the rest in that it was one of four regiments to fight in the Peninsular War from the very beginning until the very end. The regiment landed in Mondego Bay, Portugal on 1st August 1808, and only returned to its barracks in Ireland in July 1814, after the first abdication of Napoleon. During the six years they served in the Peninsular, the 45th Foot would gain fame among its fellow soldiers fighting in almost every battle and siege Wellington commanded at except the sieges of Burgos in 1812 and that of San Sebastian in 1813. It would receive an incredible 14 battle honours for its colours and there were over 650 officers and men present with the colours and over the next six years, 1,800 men would serve with the 45th in the Peninsular. The harsh campaigning, battles, sickness and disease took its toll and over 540 men were killed or died of sickness and many sent home broken in body from wounds and disease. The regiment stands out not only because of the quantity of medals received, but the number of clasps awarded and one of the recipients was Private James Talbot. It is something of a mystery why this distinguished regiment is not better known - perhaps because only one private soldier had his memoirs published. The sub-title of the book is 'The 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment on Campaign in South America and the Peninsular, 1805-14'. A marvellous work of history, 290pp with many maps and illus.
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ISBN 9781473851757
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