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Rogues with Rifles

Robert Griffith | @Rob_Griffith_


The 5/60th were the first rifle battalion in the British Army and one of only three units to serve throughout the Peninsular War. Frequently praised by Wellington they were at the forefront of most of the battles in Portugal, Spain and France between 1808 and 1814. This talk outlines the origins of the unit and then uses the careers of some of the riflemen to illustrate the battalion’s part in the campaign.


Robert Griffith is the author of ‘Riflemen: The History of the 5th Battalion 60th (Royal
American) Regiment 1797-1818’ and is currently writing a book on the battles of
Arroyomolinos and Almaraz.

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