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its heroics under the Duke of
Wellington in the Peninsular
War, the British army was barely tolerated by the general
While filled with men from all parts of society, recruitment
mainly came from the lower classes.
trying to avoid prison, seeking adventure, or escaping unemployment
and poverty sought the King's Shilling.
army offered men a home and a family of sorts and with strict
them into a honed weapon of war that went on to become one
of the greatest military forces ever to take the field.
Undefeated on the battlefield, the British redcoats took on
the best Europe could throw at them and, if disciplined volley
fire did not see them off, then the bayonet charge would.