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A scathing letter from an incensed Duke of Wellington in which he puts the boot into 'absentee' soldiers has come to light after 210 years.
The hero of Waterloo slams the Militia of Lisbon for not pulling their weight in battle against the invading French in Portugal.
In one passage, he laments their 'infamous' conduct and takes aim at men who were getting paid to fight but 'pretending to be soldiers'.
He highlights the Lisbon Volunteer Chausseurs as a third of their ranks had not showed up to the front line.