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"Wine and warfare : the vivandières" Topic


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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2022 9:39 p.m. PST

"Women have often accompanied men to war and military camps through the centuries could be a bawdy mix of wives and harlots not far removed from a quasi nomadic rabble or perhaps a travelling circus.

One French officer complained that during the Peninsular War while the British had an army, the French had "a brothel" – Wellington disliked having women on campaign and only a very few were granted permission to join their lovers on the march; though many more came over anyway…."

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Rosenberg15 May 2022 11:19 p.m. PST

read somewhere that in the Peninsula it was a common experience for British troops in the forward area to put out bowls with a few coins in and French vivandieres during the night used to take the money and fill the bowl with wine?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2022 3:19 p.m. PST

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2022 10:05 p.m. PST

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