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Author: Alice Parker

Title: “Incorrigible Rogues”

Subtitle: The Brutalisation of British Soldiers in the Peninsular War, 1808-1814

Journal: British Journal for Military History

Volume: 1

Issue: 3

Year: June 2015

Pages: 42-59

ISSN: 2057-0422 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | English History, Portuguese History, Spanish History | Types: Wartime Rape / Peninsular War


Link: British Journal for Military History (Free Access)


Abstract: »This article looks at the behaviour of the British soldiers in the Peninsular War between 1808 and 1814. Despite being allies to Spain and Portugal, the British soldiers committed violent acts towards civilians on a regular basis. Traditionally it has been argued that the redcoat’s misbehaviour was a product of their criminal backgrounds. This article will challenge this assumption and place the soldiers’ behaviour in the context of their wartime experience. It will discuss the effects of war upon soldiers’ mentality, and reflect upon the importance of psychological support in any theatre of war.« (Source: British Journal for Military History)

Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence: Peninsular War