Sunday, January 15, 2017

Napoleonic Portuguese Troops

Portugal was an important economic and military ally of Great Britain before and during the Napoleonic Wars. Militarily, the Portuguese combined with British forces right after the French occupation of Lisbon in 1808.  Suffering from poor morale and training in the early years, British officers (most notably Marshal Beresford) whipped the Portuguese into very solid troops over the years. The Portuguese almost always fought alongside their British allies during the Peninsular War and, by the end of the conflict, were regarded very highly by friend and foe alike.


Portuguese Dragoon brigade


Portuguese Artillery


1st Portuguese Infantry Brigade


2nd Portuguese Infantry Brigade


Portuguese formed Cacadores and skirmishers