GALLANTRY AND DISCIPLINE The 12th Light Dragoons at War with Wellington

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Distinguished Napoleonic military historian Andrew Bamford here offers the history of a British cavalry regiment which served with Wellington in the Peninsular War – notably at the Battle of Salamanca – and was later mauled but victorious at Waterloo. Under their Colonel, Sir James Steaurt, the 12th Light Dragoons wrote their page of glory in blood. Bamford’s monograph is unusual in that unlike most regimental histories it concentrates on a relatively short period, from 1791 to 1815, and is based largely on the volume of paperwork left by Sir James Steuart. Although this might appear a weakness, it is, in fact, its great strength, providing a consistent and well-documented viewpoint through a period of great change within the British army as a whole.

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