CORPORAL BROWN'S CAMPAIGNS IN THE LOW COUNTRIES. RECOLLECTIONS OF A COLDSTREAM GUARD IN THE EARLY CAMPAIGNS AGAINST REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE 1793-1795
A new version of a very rare text of the Coldstream Guards at War. The
Campaign in the Low Countries is rarely covered in books concerning the
experiences of the British Army. It was fought against the armies of
Revolutionary France at a time when Napoleon was still a junior officer.
It has been overshadowed by the war in Spain and the Waterloo
Campaign-probably because it was a military disaster for the allied
armies-and popular history is inclined to dwell on the victories of
Wellington that followed. Many a soldier would look back upon this
campaign as 'the one that taught us what NOT to do'. Nevertheless it
remains a fascinating episode in British military history and this
book-written by a very active participant-brings it vibrantly to life.
Robert Brown was a highly literate other rank in the Coldstream Guards.
He recorded his experiences in riveting detail and left us with a view
of warfare in the late eighteenth century which is both entertaining and
essential as a prelude to the experiences of soldiers in the Napoleonic
Wars which would shortly follow. Brown's text originally presented in
the archaic style of 1795 has been substantially reworked by Frederick
Llewellyn making it easily accessible for the contemporary reader for
the first time. A short summary of the campaign is also included to give
Brown's narrative context.