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THE PENINSULAR WAR 1807-1814


CAZ-01     Portuguese 1st Cazadores,1809,  Loading and Firing #1   (2pcs)     us$78


Caçadores was Portuguese for "huntsmen" ,
these were the elite light infantry
of the Portuguese Army during the Peninsular War.
They were referred by Lord Wellington,
as the "fighting cocks" of his Anglo-Portuguese Army.

One of the most distinctive features
of the Caçadores was their famous brown uniform.
The brown uniform was chosen as a form of camouflage,
considered more appropriate to the dry lands
of the Iberian Peninsula than the traditional green uniforms
used by the light infantry of most other countries in Europe.

During the Peninsular War,
Caçadores became especially notable in the performance
of marksmanship at long distances.

1st and 3rd Cazadores had the highest level of training.
They were indoctrinated with British battalions
and formed part of the famous "Light Division"
of Major General Robert "Black Bob" Craufurd.

Both battalions are unquestionably
the most famous Portuguese battalions.
They were trained by British officers
and were the equivalent of the 95th rifles.






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