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Black Powder: Portuguese Line Infantry
Product code: AC2167
The Portuguese have never been fond of their Spanish neighbours. This
was doubly so when in 1807 Napoleon sent a large French and Spanish army
across the border to crush Portugal and take its fleet to continue their
war against the detested British. Great Britain and Portugal, however,
had been old allies for countless years, and before long a largely
untried British general called Wellesley was sent from London to eject
the French from Portuguese soil.
The Portuguese troops were brave but unskilled, and outnumbered in the
early days of the conflict. Reforms of the Portuguese army taken by Sir
Lt.General William Beresford changed that, adopting British drill and
tactics. The changes transformed the Portuguese into an effective
The allied army was carefully organised with units of both nations mixed
into divisions giving, it a distinctive character and indeed spurring on
each nation to outperform the other.
The line infantry in their blue coats, and their light troops in brown,
performed very well and soon had Marshall Soult back over the Pyrenees
with the allied army in hot pursuit.
Wellington, as Wellesley famously became, applauded his Portuguese
troops calling them his ‘fighting cocks’, praise indeed from a man who
knew a good soldier when he saw one. Less magnanimous was the popular
name British soldiers used – ‘pork and beans’ – with good-humoured
Our plastic Portuguese soldiers are supplied with the option of the
early Barretina shako used between 1806 and 1810, or the later
Stovepipe-style version which entered service in 1810.
• 20 plastic easy-build Portuguese Line Infantry.
• 4 metal command miniatures: officer, drummer and two ensigns with wire
flagpoles and banner tops.
• 2-page background guide including ten full-colour flags
Please note that these models are supplied unpainted, and some
preparatory work may be required as well as assembly.
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