By Philip Haythornthwaite, Christa Hook
The rifle corps of the British military through the Napoleonic Wars are one of the such a lot recognisable of the entire squaddies of that period: their special darkish eco-friendly uniforms are as standard as a few of their exploits. they've got accomplished substantial popularity throughout the huge numbers of memoirs written through contributors of the rifle corps in addition to via glossy fiction, such a lot significantly the Sharpe sequence. except their attractiveness as a corps d'elite, the riflemen have been, of their time, on the very innovative of army know-how and tactical concept. Philip Haythornwaite right here makes use of attention-grabbing first hand money owed and special examine to offer a 'soldier's-eye view' of the British Rifleman, his existence and paintings.
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The Waterloo Letters, London, 1891, p. 408. 14. United Service Magazine, 1843, Vol. I, p. 579. 15. J. Dobbs, Recollections of an Old 52nd Man, Waterford, 1863, p. 14. 16. Kincaid, p. 253. 17. , pp. 6, 23. 18. M. Bacon, Address ... read to the Corps of Norwich Riflemen, Norwich, 1804. 61 19. United Service Journal, 1841, Vol. I, p. 558. 20. Colonel Lloyd-Verney, Records of the Infantry Militia Battalions of the County of Southampton, London, 1894, p. 223. 21. Caldwell & Cooper, Waterloo, p. 130.
Although most French infantry was trained in skirmish tactics, British skirmishers were often opposed by members of regimental elite companies, as illustrated here: a voltigeur (left) and carabinier (right). (Engraving after Hippolyte Bellange) BELOW A member of one of the two rifle companies of the North York Militia, whose dark green uniform with black facings resembled that of the 95th, although their buttons were blackened. The man illustrated is ramming down the charge. Note that his powder flask is in a breast pocket.
II, pp. 456—7. BIBLIOGRAPHY This list of sources is divided into two parts: the first concerns the history and arms of the rifle corps, and contemporary manuals; the second lists the works by veterans of the 95th. , The Annals of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, Vol. I 'The Royal Americans', Vol. , Rifle Green in the Peninsula, Vol. , The British Light Infantry Arm c. , Weapons and Equipment of the Napoleonic Wars, Poole, 1979 Manningham, C, Military Lectures delivered to the Officers of the 95th (Rifle) Regiment at Shorn-Cliffe Barracks, Kent, during the Spring of 1803, London, 1803; reprinted with introduction by W.