“Pork and Beans” The Portuguese army

Dr David James sends us a few words about his Napoleonic choice… “Pork and Beans” The Portuguese army plus a few pictures from his collection!
The Portuguese army was always a brave and loyal fighting force. When reorganized drilled and fed by their oldest allies, the British, they transformed into a formidable army capable of maneuverer, marching and able to fight the French to a standstill.
Wellington thought that combined Brigades would work best, so he, wherever he could, mixed Portuguese battalions with the equivalent number of British units.These were tough brigades as there was much rivalry between the nations, neither wanting to admit they were inferior to their running mates.
The Portuguese light infantrymen, Cacadores were also of top quality and were the match for the opposing French voltigeurs.
Dr David James, a long time Peninsular fan, has lent us his Brigade to drool over… not all are Warlord figures but what a spectacular sight they are!
Well done the “Pork and Beans” as Tommy Atkins used to call them…

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