I have a bunch of interrelated questions pertaining to British forces in Great Britain, and I request sources to find answers. Any additional help is welcome.
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What was the organization and disposition of regular army units in Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland) circa 1812? And what was their state of readiness (training) compared with units in Spain?
1. I have been told that many regiments in Spain had training battalions in Great Britain.
2. I assume the total numbers of regular army was but a fraction of what was in Spain -- not much need for ground troops with a twenty-six-mile moat between you and them.
3. Who were field commanders of regular army in Great Britain?
4. Where were (storage) arsenals for muskets, guns, ammunition?
5. Where were (storage) facilities for foodstuffs and accouterments for the army?
I also assume there was a substantial volunteer or territorial army or militia in being. I'm very interested in ITS disposition and organization also.
1. By 1812 Britain had substantial numbers of prisoners, some from naval action, some from Spain, et.al. Where were prisons in Great Britain to house them? I have been told most were held in Hampshire. Some in "hulks" in Portsmouth harbor, some in immediately surrounding area.
2. Who was responsible for guarding prisoners? What was the military quality of the guards? I have been told prisoners were guarded by the dregs of society, and ambulatory wounded veterans. Who was in overall command of guarding?
3. If Hampshire was where large number of prisoners were held, what was their proximity to naval stores -- that is, (storage) arsenals?