1st ed., 1997. Xii + 244 pp., 35 plates + 4 maps + e.p. maps. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. The author describes the conception, gestation, birth and adolescence of the first British Regiments of Hussars ' the by-products of the Prince Regent's passion for military finery and dandyism ' leading on to their full maturity in the grim realities of war in the Iberian Peninsula between 1808 and 1814, first under Moore and then under Wellington, in two widely different campaigns. Basing his story on contemporary letters, diaries and reports and a comprehensive bibliography, the author takes the reader into the heart of the Hussar Brigade in peace and war, depicting its many colourful characters and describing every facet of day-to-day life, in barracks and on the battlefield. He describes the courage and fortitude of all ranks as they fought under the most severe conditions of climate and terrain, often against considerable odds and lacking many of the bare necessities of military life. The author also reveals the brutal imposition of discipline by the excessive use of the lash, and the devastating effect upon the Peninsular Army of easy access to almost limitless supplies of alcohol, leading to human suffering almost beggaring belief.