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By Scott Myerly

within the theater of warfare, how vital is dress? And in peacetime, what objective does army spectacle serve? This e-book takes us behind the curtain of the British army on the peak of its brilliance to teach us how gown and self-discipline helped to mildew the army guy and tried to seduce the hearts and minds of a country whereas helping intimidate civil rioters in peacetime.

frequently ridiculed for his or her constrictive beauty, British military uniforms of the early 19th century still performed a robust function within the troops' functionality on crusade, in conflict, and as dramatic leisure in peacetime. Plumbing a wide selection of army resources, such a lot tellingly the memoirs and letters of squaddies and civilians, Scott Hughes Myerly unearths how those ornate sartorial creations, combining symbols of harmony and thought, brilliant colour, and actual restraint, stronger the managerial results of inflexible self-discipline, drill, and torturous punishments, but additionally helped foster regimental esprit de corps.

Encouraging recruitment, imposing self-discipline in the army, and boosting morale have been crucial yet no longer the single services of martial gown. Myerly additionally explores the function of the resplendent uniform and its linked gaudy trappings and customs in the course of civil peace and disorder--whether hired as public kinfolk via wonderful loose leisure, or imitated by way of rioters and rebels opposing the established order. gown, drills, parades, inspections, pomp, and order: as this richly illustrated booklet conducts us during the info of the construction, layout, capabilities, and that means of those facets of the martial snapshot, it exposes the underpinnings of a mentality--and vision--that extends a ways past the army culture into the civic and social order that we name modernity.

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The Prince of Wales (later George IV) expressed a strong desire for 30 Command and Design command at an early age and displayed an ardent martial zeal throughout his life. When he was still a young man, his father made him colonel-inchief of the Tenth Hussars, but this honor was not enough, and in 1795 he asked for a general's rank. Even though a major war was under way, his father refused, and the prince's mortification was both deep and prolonged. ' Similarly strong feelings were expressed in 1808, when he personally directed the Tenth Hussars' embarkation for service in the Peninsula.

These huge helmets, especially when feathers were added, could also frighten the horses of a yeomanry (militia cavalry) unit when operating together with the corps of the wearer, which could be dangerous during riot duty or in battle. "^^ Military headgear caused logistical problems, too. The headdresses took a long time to make and required a great deal of care, and it was often impossible to keep enough in store, especially for the cavalry. Grenadier bearskins caused so many problems that by the second half of the eighteenth century they were put in store for units stationed in overseas garrisons (except North America), but even this did not save them from destruction.

Get a new one, and the probability is that you will not show it on parade half-a-dozen times before a new regulation is out, and then more work for the tailors . . Military costume . . "^^ But while designing was a pleasure, it was also a psychological tactic that gratified both the wearer and the viewer. A tailor noted that changing fashions "are very captivating; for things that are new raise a kind of pleasure in the fancy, [and] surprize as it were the imagination, and gratify 43 Command and Design the curiosity with things it did not possess before .

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