Private 1808

The campaign dress of the Foot Guards in the Peninsula was distinctly more 19th Century with the introduction of white overalls which were designed to protect the white breeches but soon replaced them altogether. The shako was still the stove-pipe version with straight sides but was now made of felt which made it lighter and more comfortable than the lacquered version. The red and white plume indicates that he is a Battalion Company man. The illustrator, Bob Marrion has given the private a cloth to protect nis neck and a bundle of twigs for a fire. The musket is the New Land Service flintlock type which weighed 10 lb 4oz.

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