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2/48th at Talavera

Postby ctrunfree » April 12th, 2017, 9:26 am

Hi folks

I'm wondering what the 2/48th got up to at Talavera. One source says that they helped beat back the advance of Ruffin's Division on 28 July, but I'm not sure whether they were part of the subsequent bayonet charge to shore up the middle of the British line, although the 1/48th certainly were. The 2/48th lost 71 KWP in the battle.

Any thoughts?
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Re: 2/48th at Talavera

Postby jf42 » April 12th, 2017, 2:13 pm

This fairly detailed summary the 48th's Peninsula record, found on the Napoleon Series may set you on the right tracks.

'Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments: 48th Regiment of Foot (The Northants)' By Ray Foster

http://www.napoleon-series.org/military ... hFoot.html
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Re: 2/48th at Talavera

Postby ctrunfree » April 12th, 2017, 3:07 pm

Thanks jf42. I now recall had seen this account before, but had misplaced the reference, so great to re-locate it. Many thanks!

It's interesting to note that Julian Pagnet's account mentions that the 1/48th were Wellington's only reserve unit. I suppose the 2/48th even if standing still on the hill and doing nothing except receive occasional cannonballs were still holding a position in the line, and therefore couldn't be moved to fill the gap that opened when the Guards and KGL got themselves in difficulty in chasing the French.
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