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The British Army and the British Soldier


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A series of 12 programmes presented bv Rene Cutforth 3: The Scum of the Earth
In this third programme we hear how Wellington has been much misunderstood for using that famous phrase about his Peninsular army of 1808-14. What he actually said was this: Our army is composed of the scum of the earth. People talk of their enlisting from their fine military feeling - all stuff - no such thing. Some of our men enlist from having got bastard children, some for minor offences, many more for drink.
He wasn't far wrong, but he added this sentence which is usually omitted:
It is really wonderful that we should have made them the fine fellows they are. With Other parts JACK CARR. JOHN BULL KERRY FRANCIS , DENIS MCCARTHY PETER PACEY , PETER TUDDENHAM HECTOR ROSS , STEPHEN THORNE PAUL GAYMON. BETTY BASKCOMB Musical direction by CHARLES CHILTON
Written and produced by ROBERT CRADOCK in association with the National Army Museum


Unknown: Rene Cutforth
Unknown: Jack Carr.
Unknown: John Bull
Unknown: Kerry Francis
Unknown: Denis McCarthy
Unknown: Peter Pacey
Unknown: Peter Tuddenham
Unknown: Hector Ross
Unknown: Stephen Thorne
Unknown: Paul Gaymon.
Unknown: Betty Baskcomb
Singer: Charles Chilton
Singer: Charles Young
Produced By: Robert Cradock
Wheeler: Gordon Gostelow
Wellington: Alan Barry

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The British Army and the British Soldier

BBC Radio 4 FM, 17 October 1974 20.00

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