Wellington really think of his men
scum… Its a well-known word to describe the British army’s lower ranks during the Napoleonic era – but were those brave men scum?
Were most of the army King’s hard bargain men, given a choice – a redcoat or prison?
Zack White – of the Napoleonic wars podcast – is the expert on Crime and punishment during the era and has strong opinions on this subject.
Credit to : Redcoat History