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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 3:34 p.m. PST

…1813 and 1814

"Napoleon's abdication in April 1814 brought not only peace to Europe after many years of conflict, but allowed many thousands of prisoners of war held in Britain to be released. However, the advance of the Allies across the continent in 1813-14 had allowed many prisoners to be returned prior to this date, as not all were Frenchmen. As French forces were pushed back into France, countries that had once been part of the French Empire now found themselves included in the alliance against Napoleon, and began rebuilding their armies to take their place within the ranks of the victors. This allowed Britain to release many thousands of prisoners of war and thus alleviate the pressure on a prison system that had expanded (both in physical size and cost) since the outbreak of war in 1803. Release of these men reduced the burden of the system on Britain's finances, but release and freedom (however that was defined) produced mixed feelings amongst the men concerned. This paper examines their story…."
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Armand

ThePeninsularWarin15mm02 Jun 2018 6:01 p.m. PST

An interesting read, thanks for posting some unique information.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)

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Armand

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