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Some of the 95th wore brown trousers!
Facing a French column, I'm not surprised. Up until the moment the infantry lines started pouring three rounds a minute into it, a column fifty men wide extending as far as you could see, wasn't for the faint-hearted.
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Facing a French column, I'm not surprised. Up until the moment the infantry lines started pouring three rounds a minute into it, a column fifty men wide extending as far as you could see, wasn't for the faint-hearted.
Well you didn't find much 'faint-heartedness' in the 95th, whoever they were up against.

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Well you didn't find much 'faint-heartedness' in the 95th, whoever they were up against.

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Would it? They didn't become the best light troops in the world by first sh themselves whenever they saw the enemy advancing; unless of course one or two had a touch of the trotts.

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Normal service has been resumed and I'm on solid ground... 'cos we're back to talking crap! The 95th's alleged lack of bottle at Waterloo spoiled that Adkin fellow's book, right at the end for me. It kind of smacked of him trying to kid us he'd found a sensational new take on the Battle of Waterloo... all bit crap, in my 'umble opinion.

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This may have already been stated so apologies if it has.

To me it seems that the British method of generally paying for their stuff upset the locals less than the French that simply took it. The French had superior number of forces in Spain but local partisan activity, directly resulting from reappropriation meant that these forces could rarely assemble to counter the smaller Anglo-Portuguese threat.

My knowledge of this period is thin, to say the least, so feel free to counter said comment .
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When His Grace the Duke of Wellington advanced his Army into France after kicking the French from both Portugal and Spain, he made a point of paying for everything, and forbade looting and foraging. He knew better than most how dangerous it could be to be hated and loathed by the indigenous wotnots living behind his lines. The French did what they'd always done and terrorised, looted, robbed and abused those on their line of march...even though they were their own people.
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This may have already been stated so apologies if it has.

To me it seems that the British method of generally paying for their stuff upset the locals less than the French that simply took it. The French had superior number of forces in Spain but local partisan activity, directly resulting from reappropriation meant that these forces could rarely assemble to counter the smaller Anglo-Portuguese threat.

My knowledge of this period is thin, to say the least, so feel free to counter said comment .

To be fair that was common French practice and had served them well up till then.
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When His Grace the Duke of Wellington advanced his Army into France after kicking the French from both Portugal and Spain, he made a point of paying for everything, and forbade looting and foraging. He knew better than most how dangerous it could be to be hated and loathed by the indigenous wotnots living behind his lines. The French did what they'd always done and terrorised, looted, robbed and abused those on their line of march...even though they were their own people.
Not just that but for a time in France when the Spanish stated causing revenge atrocities he actually sent them back and were not recalled until Toulouse
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Would it? They didn't become the best light troops in the world by first sh themselves whenever they saw the enemy advancing; unless of course one or two had a touch of the trotts.

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Those in the peninsular along with the 52nd and 43rd had no equal.

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Normal service has been resumed and I'm on solid ground... 'cos we're back to talking crap! The 95th's alleged lack of bottle at Waterloo spoiled that Adkin fellow's book, right at the end for me. It kind of smacked of him trying to kid us he'd found a sensational new take on the Battle of Waterloo... all bit crap, in my 'umble opinion.

Don't you mean that Urban fellow ?

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That's 'im... think mi' brayn's gone a bit wonky tonday.
Just a payback for that 71st Highlander piper, Funken picture post of a few weeks ago

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