Home France • Download Britain and Wellington’s Army: Recruitment, Society and by Kevin Linch (auth.) PDF

Download Britain and Wellington’s Army: Recruitment, Society and by Kevin Linch (auth.) PDF

By Kevin Linch (auth.)

Show description

Read or Download Britain and Wellington’s Army: Recruitment, Society and Tradition, 1807–15 PDF

Best france books

Riviera: The Rise and Rise of the Côte d'Azur

The Riviera has encouraged numerous novelists and artists, attracted as a lot through its viewers as by means of its place (Somerset Maugham referred to as it 'a sunny position for shady people'). yet for almost all of the English, the Riviera used to be made recognized by means of hearsay and document: it used to be the scene of the romance of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson; and, post-war, turned the holiday spot of Hollywood starlets.

Fortress Europe: Hitler's Atlantic Wall

Fort Europe: Hitler's Atlantic Wall КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Название: citadel Europe: Hitler's Atlantic WallАвтор: Geroge FortyИздательство: Ian Allan LtdISBN: 0711027692Год: 2002Страниц: 160Формат: PDF в RARРазмер: forty three. 1МБЯзык: английскийOnce it grew to become obvious that German army objectives within the west have been to be thwarted by way of British resistance and Hitler's recognition grew to become to the better objective of the defeat of Stalin's Russia, the necessity to shore up the protection of Europe opposed to any attainable assault from the British Isles turned important.

Extra resources for Britain and Wellington’s Army: Recruitment, Society and Tradition, 1807–15

Example text

The recruitment issue The British Army and the government faced a huge task in bringing the army up to wartime strength. Matching the numbers the army had in the Seven Years War and the American War of Independence would be an achievement in itself, but, as touched on above, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars saw a step-change in the size of the armed forces fighting on the continent, something that Britain had to counter. Not only was this caused by actually fighting on the continent, but also by periods when Britain faced France without allies and was often threatened with invasion, as in 1797–1798, 1801, 1803–1805 and 1807–1812 (ignoring the Franco-Austrian war in the summer of 1809).

When it did arise, the commotion it caused was fearsome. 37 Alongside the growth in size and composition of the British Army, other military forces were developed to contribute to the defence of Britain and its empire. In part, this was also a response to the globalization of warfare. As the British Army became ‘empire winners’ campaigning in far-flung lands, so there needed to be troops to defend Britain’s expanding territories and safeguard the British Isles from invasion. Although the population of Britain was increasing and colonial growth provided a further pool of potential soldiers, the escalation of warfare required an even larger proportion of men in the armed forces.

Secondly, Britain took advantage of the political instability in Corsica and captured the island, but was forced to abandon it when the Royal Navy had to withdraw from the Mediterranean in the wake of the Franco-Spanish Alliance of late 1796. Thirdly, it made use of French émigré Royalist troops, particularly in 1795. The operations with the émigré units, who were sent to Brittany with the aim of bolstering another rebellion against the revolutionary government, proved disastrous. Still, within all of these proceedings there were elements of traditional strategic considerations, as well as simple opportunism.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.35 of 5 – based on 35 votes