Page, F.C.G., Brigadier. Foreword by Elizabeth Longford.
Title FOLLOWING THE DRUM: WOMEN IN WELLINGTON'S WARS.
Publisher Andre Deutsch, London, 1986, first edition.
Seller ID 23455
150 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0233979603 B&w illustrations. "Although the Duke of Wellington's Peninsular War and Waterloo campaigns (1808-15) have been well documented by the great military historians, biographers and diarists of the period, many general readers are unaware that it was the custom of each regiment to be accompanied by a number of wives when it left England to go to war. Now Brigadier Page has unearthed a wealth of fascinating detail a b o u t t h ese dedicated women, who made a contribution to morale, and hence to victory, that has never before been fully acknowledged. In an elegant and lively style, he describes the selection process whereby wives drew 'To-Go' of 'Not-to-Go' t ic ke ts o u t of a hat, their life on the troopships and their semi-official role as cooks and washerwomen to the invading army. He also recounts the experiences of the large entourage of Spanish, Portuguese and French women who shared the suffe rin g a nd dan ge rs en dured by their English admirers until the fighting was over, and were very often abandoned when the troops returned home. Many of the women were faithful, courageous and hardworking, others flighty and lacking in discipline , bu t th ey all cop ed with incredible harship in order to keep their families together and to bring some light and comfort into the brutal lives of the fighting soldiers. (This book weaves) authentic historical detail in accounts of individual h erois m, tr age dy a nd c ome dy, a ll of which are tremendously engaging and very well told. Culled from diaries and memoirs of the men who fought in Wellington's campaigns, and enhanced by contemporary illustrations, these stories make a genuine contri bution to schol arshi p an d prov ide a lasting tribute to the women who followed the drum." Dust jacket has been price clipped, minor wrinkle at top of spine, minor rubbing, wrinkle in laminate on rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good