Could You Survive in the Duke of Wellington’s Army?
‘Could You Survive in the Duke of Wellington’s Army?’
During the Napoleonic Wars the British Army experienced a time of rapid change. At the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars in 1793, the army was a small, awkwardly administered force of barely 40,000 men. By the end of the period, the numbers had vastly increased to over a quarter of a million soldiers by 1813.
Whilst the battlefields of the early 1800s looked similar to those of centuries gone by, with columns of infantry advancing slowly toward the enemy musket volleys, the British army was starting to diversify, adding specialised and elite units to its forces.
02:37 The Coldstream Guards (equipment)
11:02 The 95th Rifles (equipment)
16:56 Drill training
21:25 Light infantry tactics
25:47 Rations and camp life
29:54 Making your own ammunition
34:47 The Baker rifle
41:12 The Brown Bess musket
44:29 Injuries and treatment
45:15 Battle demonstration
46:45 Final scores
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