Title: Mercenaries for the Crimea : The German, Swiss, and Italian Legions in British Service, 1854-1856. in dj.
Publisher:  McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal and London, 1977, ISBN:0773502734
Seller ID: 78185
BAYLEY, C.C. Mercenaries for the Crimea : The German, Swiss, and Italian Legions in British Service, 1854-1856 . Montreal and London: McGill-Queens University Press, 1977. Pp. (4),[v]-viii,-197,(1). 8vo, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "The more dramatic episodes of the Crimean War havenever lacked historians, but less attention has been paid to the unspectac ular but crucial problem of recruiting for the army which confronted British ministries in 1854-55. This book is the first detailed and comprehensive account of the attempt to find a partial solution of the problem by the traditional method of foreign recruiting. The attempt was abortive and the venerable custom of enlisting and subsidizing troops on the Continent proved to be one of the ultimate casualties of the war." -from the dj. Contents: 1.Army Recruiting before the Crimean War; 2. The Search for Allies; 3. The S earch for Recruits; 4. The Foreign Enlistment Bill (origins, Parliamentary debate on the Bill); 5. Press and Public Opinion on the Bill; 6. Preparations for Foreign Recruiting (Germany, Switzerland, Sardinia); 7. Problems of Foreign Recruiting (Germany, Italy, Switzerland); 8. The Period of Trainingand Service; 9. Disbandment (Swiss Legion, German Legion, Italian Legion); 10. Conclusion. With numerous appendices, including a short survey of fore ign recruitment post-Napoleon, lists of officers in the German, Italian, and Swiss Legions, among others. Very good in sticker-ghosted dust jacket. 50.00