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By René Chartrand, Bill Younghusband

ISBN-10: 1855329816

ISBN-13: 9781855329812

Osprey are convinced in boasting that this awesome three-part learn will rework the examine fabric on hand to the English-speaking pupil of the Peninsular struggle. so much comprehend that Wellington's Portuguese troops have been praised because the 'fighting cocks' of his military; fewer relish that they represented among part and one-third of his whole forces. equally, so much uniform historians were constrained to a couple half-understood work by means of Dighton, and short notes from secondary assets. RenГ© Chartrand's contemporary basic learn in Portuguese and British data now deals a wealth of significant new fabric. This moment quantity covers the sunshine infantry, cavalry, professional corps and several other helping army and civilian departments

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G. Alentejo had three but Estramadura had eight. In all the corps had 30 companies gathering 3,600 veterans. Uniform The dress of the Pe de Castelo continued to be worn but apparently without lapels, the coatee being single-breasted edged with scarlet piping. Prince's Royal Bodyguard (Guarda Real do Principe) Also called Archers of the Royal Guard (Archeiro do Guarda Real). Unlike other nations, Portugal did not have large guards regiments and this small company was its only true guard unit. A small body of halberdiers, it originated in the reign of King Joao II (1481-95).

In April 1813 there remained 965 officers and men including 131 cavalrymen. The cavalry was disbanded and all survivors were mustered into a temporary depot battalion. Grumbling and desertion increased; on 8 October 1813 the troops were disarmed, and on 25 November the Portuguese Legion was formally disbanded. The men were not released from service but were to be formed into a pioneer battalion (see below). Uniform The initial regiments formed in January and February 1808 kept their blue Portuguese uniforms, the decrees stating that new facing colours would later be assigned.

Uniform The initial regiments formed in January and February 1808 kept their blue Portuguese uniforms, the decrees stating that new facing colours would later be assigned. They never were; and by May Napoleon had decided that the Portuguese Legion's uniform would be brown instead of blue - see illustrations. The mounted chasseurs also had a brown coatee with scarlet collar, cuffs, lapels and turnbacks, white piping, pewter buttons and scarlet wings; grey-blue cavalry trousers with scarlet stripe, black boots; black leather helmet with black caterpillar crest, scarlet plume; white sheepskin housings edged red.

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