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Prince of Essling18 May 2024 1:44 a.m. PST

Interesting paper by Pedro de Brito.

"During most of 1809, and in the early months of 1810, the British could fill the vacancies in the Portuguese army left by the retiring old Portuguese officers, and by those Beresford found unfit for field service. Between March 1809 and September 1810 (Battle of Bussaco), 158 British officers took Portuguese commissions. According to two different sources a total of 372 British officers (plus 31 medical officers) served in the Portuguese army up till 1820."


14Bore18 May 2024 3:20 a.m. PST

I thought I remembered there was a podcast on this
The Napoleonic Wars podcast April 8 22

Didn't get link to work Prince of Essling
Can't figure out how to copy podcast link

Prince of Essling18 May 2024 11:39 a.m. PST

Try this link instead: link

14Bore18 May 2024 12:27 p.m. PST


Figured out the podcast link as well

Valmy9218 May 2024 1:12 p.m. PST

Are there any published memoirs by any of these officers about their Portuguese service?

Prince of Essling18 May 2024 1:41 p.m. PST


The Peninsular Journal Of Major-General Sir Benjamin D'Urban: 1808-1817 – unfortunately this is no longer downloadable as it was republished in 2015.

A narrative of the campaigns of the Loyal Lusitanian Legion during the years 1809, 1810 & 1811 – Lt.Col. William MAYNE, & Capt LILLIE originally published in 1812, published in facsimile by Ken Trotman Publishing in 2005.

Letters from the Peninsula, 1808-1812 by Sir William Warre PDF link

The Services of General Sir George Madden 1789-1814 – review at PDF link appears to be only purchasable online.

Valmy9218 May 2024 2:33 p.m. PST


Cpl Trim09 Jun 2024 3:59 a.m. PST

In case you're not aware, a copy of the original edition of A narrative of the campaigns of the Loyal Lusitanian Legion is available from the internet archive at link

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