During the Napoleonic wars, women known as Cantinieres or vivandiere's, were very much part of the grand armee.
They provided food and wine or brandy to the men on the front line. They were often to be found in the thick of the fighting bringing sustenance to the fighting men, and helping the wounded. Such women were still an integral part of the french army during the whole of the crimean war.
The british army had no such organisation. However army regulations allowed for six soldiers out of every hundred to bring their wives with them on campaign. They had no offical status within the british army, and were actually becoming a liability up until they were organised by a woman called Lady Alicia Blackwood who opened a Laundry and a series of shops for the women to sell goods to the men.
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All very interesting facts. Simply heaps better than a newspaper. Thanks everyone for the fascinating facts. You have changed my mind. More famous women figurines please. Uhm, actually, would love some "Frontier women" shooting and reloading muskets, if I may ask!