Redcoat Officer 1740-1815

Redcoat Officer 1740-1815

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By (author) Stuart Reid, Illustrated by Gerry Embleton

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 244mm x 8mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 25 January 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841763799
  • ISBN 13: 9781841763798
  • Illustrations note: 58 colour and b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 287,436

Product description

The commissioned officer ranks in the British Army from 1740-1815 were almost entirely composed of the affluent and educated - the sons of the landed gentry, the wealthy, and other professional people. This title looks at the enlistment, training, daily life and combat experiences of the typical British officer in the crucial periods of the North American conflicts, the Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars. It compliments the author's previous treatments in Warrior 19 British Redcoat 1740-93 and Warrior 20 British Redcoat (2) 1793-1815, which deal exclusively with the common infantryman, and balances these discussions through a look at the 'fellows in silk stockings'. Particular emphasis is placed on the experiences and activities in North America in the late 18th century.

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Author information

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954. His lifelong interest in military history has led to a longstanding involvement in historical re-enactment, which has broadened into work as a military advisor-cum-troop-instructor for film companies. His previous titles for Osprey include a three-volume work in the Men-at-Arms series on King George's Army 1740-1793 and Warrior 21 Highland Clansman 1689-1746. Gerry Embleton has been a leading historical illustrator since the early 1970s specialising in the medieval period, but with a keen interest in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. An illustrator, and author, of a number of Osprey titles he has lived in Switzerland since the early 1980s.

Table of contents

Introduction * Chronology * The structure of an infantry regiment * The officers * Purchase and promotion * A sense of belonging * Training * Appearance and equipment * Conditions of service * On campaign * Into battle * Aftermath of battle * Retiring * Collections, museums and re-enactment * Colour plate commentary * Bibliography and further reading * Index