Swift & Bold: the 60th Rifles During the Peninsula War
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/6/2008 - LEONAUR
By: Gibbes Rigaud
Celer et Audax-the 5th battalion of the 60th (Rifles) against Napoleon's French Army — Among those fascinated by the Napoleonic Wars and the war in Spain in particular there has been much focus on the activities of Wellingtons famous green clad riflemen-the 95th. These were not the only riflemen in the famous Peninsula Army. An older rifles regiment-the 60th-distinguished by red facings on their rifle green jackets, also served with distinction alongside their comrades of the 95th in virtually every action and battle of the war. The regiment could trace its ancestry to the New World where as the Royal Americans it fought in the French and Indian War. Always a multi-national regiment it recruited Hungarians, Swiss, Germans and even Frenchmen who could demonstrate the unique flair for independent action and skill at marksmanship essential for a rifleman. The 60th were almost always broken up into detachments serving in all the divisions of the army ensuring their honours roll would read like chronology of the war. This rare book-celebrated by Leonaur as its 250 title published-chronicles their Peninsular War from Rolica to Toulouse and will be essential reading for anyone fascinated by the period.