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Tango0109 Nov 2018 3:30 p.m. PST

….Foreign Legion.

"After the Napoleonic wars European powers largely abandoned the use of mercenaries. These soldiers found a certain amount of compensation through colonial service and small proxy wars and revolutions, conflicts in which the great powers abstained from direct intervention. In such a climate, the First Carlist War in Spain (1833-1839) proved to be an irresistible attraction. Its official cause was a dispute over the throne between Carlos, the brother of the late king, and his widow, (Maria) Christina, who led the regency for her underage daughter Isabella. Far more important, however, than these dynastic quarrels were the enormous tensions between liberals and conservatives. To the regent Christina rallied the liberal bourgeoisie of the cities, while also keeping the army on her side. Carlos was supported by the conservative nobility, the clergy and the secessionist rural population in the Basque Country and Navarre. Both sides, especially the Christinos, were weakened by corrupt favoritism, zealous fanatics, inept military commanders, and they therefore looked abroad for support.

First Carlist War Liberal Infantry The Carlists were supported mainly by the conservative powers of the Holy Alliance (i.e. Russia, Austria and Prussia) and furthermore by Sardinia, Holland, and Naples. Support took the form of money, weapons and volunteers. Among these volunteers were many ultra-conservative aristocrats, who wanted to set out on a crusade against liberalism, but there were also young officers bored by tedious garrison duty and frustrated by the unlikelihood of promotion during peace time. As a result, the volunteers supporting the Carlists were never very numerous and arrived at their own expense…."
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de Ligne10 Nov 2018 3:40 a.m. PST

An interesting article, thanks for sharing.

Tango0110 Nov 2018 11:38 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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