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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.<br />
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The hero of Waterloo slams the Militia of Lisbon for not pulling their weight in battle against the invading French in Portugal.<br />
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In one passage, he laments their 'infamous' conduct and takes aim at men who were getting paid to fight but 'pretending to be soldiers'.<br />
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He highlights the Lisbon Volunteer Chausseurs as a third of their ranks had not showed up to the front line.