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By Ian Fletcher

ISBN-10: 1855329573

ISBN-13: 9781855329577

The storming of Badajoz was once an epic motion which concerned Wellington’s infantry in probably the most savage hand-to hand struggling with of the full Peninsular conflict. At appalling fee in a nightmare attack in the course of the evening of the 6 April 1812, Wellington’s infantrymen hacked their excess of the our bodies in their useless and wounded and during the large medieval partitions of town. those have been held with nice tenacity, ability and braveness through a resolute French and German garrison. Having stormed the city the battle-crazed military went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which undefined, up to the elegant braveness of the attackers, have handed into legend.

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M. when the long column of redcoats snaking its way out of Boston crossed the Neck. The British were late and, in the business they had been ordered to do that day, an hour might make the difference between success and disaster. Soon they were over the Neck and into the rebellious hinterland, leaving behind their base, a city almost surrounded by its watery moat where they had come to feel secure. They were plunging into a country where alarm bells rang, calling thousands of men to arms, ready to oppose the King’s troops.

The second is that there are enough first-hand accounts emanating from the 23rd to bring the regiment to life, and this is a very rare thing for that period. Some regiments, such as the 5th, boast excellent archival material rarely used by historians but left the American battlefield halfway through that conflict. One or two others, such as the 43rd, served as long in America as the 23rd but left no substantial personal accounts to speak of. Two soldiers of the 23rd are very well known to specialists of this period: Serjeant Roger Lamb, one of the earliest British rankers to publish memoirs, and Frederick Mackenzie, adjutant of the Fusiliers at Lexington.

Any fears they may have stifled – that they would soon be called upon to wash their husbands’ wounds as well as their shirts, and to follow the drum, acting as the army’s unpaid auxiliaries – were about to be realised. The Saint David’s Day dinner followed its ritual late into the night. The spurs of Toby Purcell, the second in command who had stepped into action when his commander was killed during the Irish campaign of the Boyne back in 1690, were toasted, and honours done to Shenkin ap Rice, by legend a simple soldier of the regiment.

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