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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 10:17 p.m. PST

… to don velvet and ribbons.

"In 1810, after seven years of the Napoleonic Wars, the prime minister, Lord Liverpool, penned a memorandum stating that Britain's military was: "as large a force … as the Population and Finances of the Country could well support".

The Battle of Waterloo looms large in the public consciousness Ė and this is only set to grow in the coming months as we head towards celebrations of its 200th birthday. But the mass mobilisation of a generation of men to defend Britain against revolutionary and then Napoleonic France between 1793 and 1815 is overlooked. An astonishing one in four men served in some kind of capacity during these wars, a figure that exceeds those of World War I…."
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