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History of the King's German Legion

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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108054218

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  • This two-volume work, published between 1832 and 1837 by the officer and antiquary North Ludlow Beamish (1797–1872), is the definitive account of what was effectively the Hanoverian army in exile. With their country overrun by Napoleon in 1803, thousands of officers and men made their way to England to form the King's German Legion (KGL), which consisted of several regiments of cavalry and infantry, as well as artillery and engineers. The KGL was a superb fighting force that saw widespread service as part of the British Army from 1804 until 1815. It provided Wellington with arguably his finest cavalry during the Peninsular War and Waterloo Campaign. Based upon eyewitness accounts and written records of the KGL's officers and men, this work remains of enduring value to military historians. Volume 1 traces the legion's progress from its formation in 1803 through to May 1811.

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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108054218
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 7 colour illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Situation of the electorate of Hanover on the breaking out of the war
    2. Unhappy mode adopted by ministers
    3. Wallmoden takes the command of the army at Celle
    4. Mutiny of the Hanoverian heavy cavalry brigade
    5. Feelings of the king
    6. Rapid organization of the new corps
    7. Eight thousand of the legion embark for Rügen
    8. Strong sally of the enemy
    9. Effects of the late gale
    10. Column is suddenly ordered to countermarch
    11. Narrative of the retreat
    12. Success of the French in Spain
    13. The first hussars of the legion join the army in Portugal
    14. Expedition to the Scheldt
    15. Appearance of Flushing
    16. Duties of the German regiments in Sicily
    17. Condition of the British and German troops after the Battle of Talavera
    18. Unsuccessful attempt of General Craufurd
    19. Humanity toward a body of wounded French
    20. Operation in the Isle of Leon
    21. State of the armies in Portugal
    22. Retreat of Massena

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