Redcoat - Richard Holmes

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First Edition


Redcoat is the story of the “backbone of the army’ – the British soldier from c. 1760 until c. 1860 – surely one of the most enduring and magnetic subjects of the British past. Based on the letters and diaries of the men who served and the women who followed them, the book is rich in the history of the period. It charts Wolfe’s victory and death at Quebec, the American War of Independence, the Duke of York’s campaign in Flanders, Wellington’s Peninsular War, Waterloo, the retreat from Kabul, the Sikh wars in 1845-9, the Crimean war and the Indian Mutiny.

The focus of Redcoat, however, is the individual recollection and experience of the ordinary soldiers serving in the wars fought by Georgian and early Victorian England. Through their stories and anecdotes – of uniforms, equipment, ‘taking the King’s shilling’, flogging, wounds, food, barrack life, courage, comradeship, death, love and loss – Richard Holmes provides a comprehensive portrait of a fallible but extraordinarily successful fighting force.

‘Such a scene of mortal strife from the fire of fifty men was never witnessed…’ writes Harry Smith of the 95th Rifles, recounting the death of a brother officer in Spain in 1813. I wept over his remains with a bursting heart as, with his company who adored him, I consigned to the grave the last external appearance of Daniel Cadoux. His fame can never die.’ Smith’s account is typical of the emotions and experiences of the men who appear on every page of this book.

Richard Holmes chronicles the events of the era with customary brilliance. It is social history at its best, published with lavish illustrations.

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Redcoat: The British soldier in the age of horse and musket by Richard Holmes

First Edition.

In a very good condition. Some light creasing to the edges of the dust jacket. See photos for more details.

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Weight 882 g
Dimensions 24 × 16.4 × 4.4 cm

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Richard Holmes