Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket

Redcoat The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket A history of the common British soldier from c to c this text filled with anecdote and humour as well as historical analysis

  • Title: Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket
  • Author: Richard Holmes
  • ISBN: 9780006531524
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • A history of the common British soldier, from c.1760 to c.1860, this text filled with anecdote and humour as well as historical analysis.

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    1. Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket is another fine work by British historian Richard Holmes. Holmes presents life in the King’s army from the time of John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, through the Indian Mutiny. He covers all facets from recruitment, camp life, pay, uniforms, weapons, tactics, women, rations and -- not to be neglected – drink, which was copious. Much as in his admirable Sahib: The British Soldier in India, 1750-1914, Holmes relies heavily o [...]

    2. "All gentlemen that have a mindto serve the queen that's good and kindcome 'list and enter into pay"The Duke of Wellington called them "The scum of the earth". Although he on occasion added as an afterword "But what very fine fellows we have made of them", he was not far off the mark. They were uneducated, generally illiterate, frequently drunk, poverty-stricken, disease-ridden, itinerate looters, vagabonds and thieves. They were the redcoats and they were, for the better part of a century, the [...]

    3. comprehensive history of the british soldier in the 18th and 19th centuries - not just a military, but a social history. Definitely warts and all, but as always, Richard Holmes makes the era come alive

    4. -Más cotidiano que púramente bélico.- Género. Ensayo.Lo que nos cuenta. Retrato histórico, pero desde una perspectiva inquisitivamente singular, de las fuerzas de infantería que lucharon a través de medio mundo por la gloria (y la economía) del Imperio Británico.¿Quiere saber más del libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros/

    5. Highly readable, if slightly meandering overview of just about every detail of the British soldier over the century between roughly 1750-1850. The generalisations are acknowledged by the author from the get-go and this sets the tone for a great pick-up-put-down read. I particularly liked the inclusion of a number of quotations and anecdotes from real soldiers. Cracking stuff

    6. Redcoat was a really hard book for me to rate because I found it both interesting and dull at the same time. It was deeply interesting to learn more about the British army in the period, and Holmes is clearly both knowledgeable and passionate about the subject; however, at times the prose really dragged, bogged down by dull facts and figures, and in those moments I started skim-reading, eager to get to the next section. Therefore, I would not recommend this title for the casual reader who enjoys [...]

    7. Redcoat tells the story of the British soldier through the American , Wellington and Indian mutiny conflicts. The book is factual and includes tales of privates and generals at war and at peace. If you enjoy the Sharpe books of Bernard Cornwall you will probably enjoy this beautifully written book.

    8. Mid 2. Although Holmes has compiled an interesting historical portrait of the typical British soldier and his place in military conflict over the period 1756-1860, his account is of more interest to those with a fascination with military weaponry and tactics leaving the general reader with few details of wider scope. The author explains that the British infantry and its role had distinct characteristics dependent on whether it served in the European theatre or on the fringes of empire. The forme [...]

    9. A fantastic book. It skips around a bit but I liked all the various sections and how he broke down the subject matter. I now want to read the rest of his books and have ordered a few to take up next. This book is a very chatty one, populated with TONS of anecdotes and interesting facts, and refreshingly focuses on the average soldier, but naturally lots of information on officers and leaders (especially Wellington). It traces the army from the Seven Years War (1740s--though I noticed quite a few [...]

    10. This book was recommended to me by several other author friends, and I'm so glad I found it. A first class and fully comprehensive account of what it was like to be a common soldier in the British army spanning more than a hundred years. Redcoat gives you all the stuff you'd expect about uniforms, orders of battle, discipline and arms. It covers the changes that happened in the span between the Seven Years War up to the Crimea. It covers the variations by regiment, the culture changes that the v [...]

    11. Another disappointing effort from Richard Holmes: I'd heard such good things about this book and Tommy but actually it's not worth it. It's well researched and full of accurate trivial detail. He fails, however, in his aim of dealing with the ordinary private soldier as much of the history he discusses concentrates on the generals and officers leading the wars and battles. He does manage to give a good account of the size, structure and organisation of the army and how it changes over the years. [...]

    12. Redcoat tells the history of the British Soldier from around 1760 to around 1860. The soldier is told mainly through a series of anecdotes relating to different subject areas pertaining to army life, rather than through a linear path through the campaigns and battles of the period. It did seem like a large proportion of the anecdotes came from the Peninsular campaign in the Napoleonic War or from the Crimean War, but that still left room for many others because it is quite a long and engrossing [...]

    13. Redcoat is the story of the British soldier, those non-commissioned men Kipling called “backbone of the army” from roughly 1760 – 1860. The author weaves together the day to day struggles and joys of British soldiers in peace time as well as on combat duty. If you are interested in a terrific insight into the British and its traditions, and the evolution that comes from changing technology and tactics you will like this book. What makes it most interesting is the story is told largely thro [...]

    14. Excellent. A comprehensive look at the British Army (from soldiers on up to officers but also including army agents, camp followers, wives and childeren, etc) from recruitment and training to transportation, march, battle and siege, bivouac, recreation, pay and "retirement". The author focuses on the period when the "Brown Bess" musket wa the primary weapon of the British infantryman - from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, through the Peninsular Campaign and Waterloo, up th [...]

    15. Richard Holmes tackles this behemoth of a subject, with vivid recollections from the era and excellent writing. Approaching his subject matter with the balance that it deserves and reminding the reader never to forget the valiant lives that have shaped history. Pulling together military, social and medical history to name but a few, in order to bring his subject to life. No matter how small, they appear to be. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in this period or [...]

    16. Well researched and told. A short synopsis somewhere about the battles covered over the course of the book reason, location, outcome would have helped. Not too much info either on the lives of old and ex-soldiers. Solid history otherwise.

    17. Fantastic historical analysis mixing great real life stories in with the history - only reason it's not a 5e history of the make up of particular regiments, battalions etc got a little too intense.

    18. If you have an interest in British military history then this is a "must read".Richard Holmes gives us an in-depth study of the British Army in the 18th and 19th centuries.A great read with a surprising number of contemporary accounts.

    19. An immense book that deals with almost two centuries in one span showing the background to the life and activities of the british soldier. Fascinating and the way it skims from one action to another, decades apart works well.

    20. A bit hard going at times but if you stick with it it becomes a very good account of the ordinary soldier, Redcoat, during the British Empires growth and dominance.

    21. Very good book but some people might not like it as it rambles. It looks a hundred year period of the British Army with excellent facts and excerpts from the lower ranks.

    22. Average book. The layout was at times confusing, but I'm glad Holmes avoided some of the nationalistic tones that are prevalent in other work by British military historians.

    23. An epic collection of anecdotes regarding the army from the seven years war to the Crimea. All very hearts of oakish.

    24. Richard Holmes was a great writer and historian. Sadly he is no longer with us but the books, like this one, make a fine legacy. Informative, well written and highly readable as ever.

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