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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Osprey Publishing - The Wild Geese

Osprey Publishing - The Wild Geese

The reprinted version of this book is a bit deceptive. Most of the uniform and regimental information actually dates to the heyday of this group in the 18th century. If you were a poor starving Irishmen, you had three choices. Starve, enlist in King George's Army, or Louis XV's army.

This volume covers the Irish who enlisted in both the French and Spanish armies to follow a Catholic monarch.

Sadly, by the time of the French Revolution, all of the foreign regiments faced disbandment. While Napoleon did raise some foreign regiments, they were not in the same vein as from the Ancient Regime.

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