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In the early years of the English Civil War (1642-1651), a French traveller in England remarked that the Irish "are better soldiers abroad than at home." Between 1585 and 1818, over half a million Irish were lured from their homeland by promises of glory, money and honour in a constant emigration romantically styled "The Flight of the Wild Geese." Throughout this period, the Irish brigades in France and Spain participated in conflicts ranging from the wars of the Spanish and Austrian Succession (1701-1714 and 1740-1748 respectively)to the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Spanning over two centuries of history, this book examines the uniforms and organization of the Wild Geese in France and Spain."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780850453584
ISBN-10: 0850453585
Format: Paperback
(250mm x 190mm x 5mm)
Pages: 48
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 15-Jun-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin is a respected military historian with a special interest in Irish forces. This is his first Osprey title.

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