To All: I know I said it would be slow updating, but I took these first few days of the holiday off from revision, so I wrote another update that, for once, I am happy with. There might be one more update before things really begin to slow down, but we shall see.
Snugglie: I thought it would make a nice change As for characters, there will be around 20ish mainish characters, though only about 10 of those will play a really big role. I hope it won't be too overwhelming.
canonized: I have never, as you might know, ever write about women in my AARs, so it is not a bad start having one in the first update Thank you for the compliment, and I hope that as this continues my writing will mature yet further.
AlexanderPrimus, demokratickid: Thanks
phargle: Thank you. The straw hat was very popular among all ranks of British society and army/navy and was not frowned upon at all, at least while in tropical theatres, and the experience was well learnt from India. One time, the British sent over a unit of Dragoons, I forget the Regiment, too india wearing the traditional brass helmets. Almost 60% of the unit suffered heat stroke and many died. Generals to the lowliest sailors would wear it, though Soldiers, at least while on parade, had to wear their shakos, though the forage cap was beggining to take a larger role.
comagoosie: For the British Army, the Minié Rifle changed the way a battle was thought out. The British soldier was now a much more independant being, and the slow path from tight formations too skirmish patterns began with its introduction into the regular line infantry. You yanks obviously were not using it properly. It was an important revolution for the British army, and it gave them a massive advantage of the Russians, as will be seen.
Capibara: And he has other reasons to survive, as we shall soon see.
IamWhoa: well make the most of the peace while it is here, for once they leave the pleasant shores of Malta they won't get much of it. Did I describe the music that well?
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