Find a copy in the library
Finding libraries that hold this item...
|Named Person:||Arthur Wellesley Wellington, Duke of|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Edward J Coss
|Description:||xxi, 374 p. : ill., ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||An unjust reputation: the genesis of the "scum of the earth" myth --
Gone for a soldier: the realities of enlistment --
Over the hills and far away: surviving on campaign --
A stick without a carrot: leadership and the soldiery --
Ordeal by fire: the British soldier in combat --
Banded brothers: combat motivation and the British ranker --
Into hell before daylight: Peninsular War sieges.
|Series Title:||Campaigns and commanders, v. 24.|
|Responsibility:||Edward J. Coss ; Foreword by John F. Guilmartin, Jr.|
Coss draws on a comprehensive database on British soldiers as well as first-person accounts of Peninsular War participants to offer a better understanding of their backgrounds and daily lives. He describes how these neglected and abused soldiers came to rely increasingly on the emotional and physical support of comrades and developed their own moral and behavioral code. Their cohesiveness, Coss argues, was a major factor in their legendary triumphs over Napoleon's battle-hardened troops."--pub. desc.