Additional Forces Act
Additional Forces Act of July 1803 created the Army of Reserve for the defence of England against the imminent threat of sea-borne invasion by Napoleon's French Revolutionary Army. A total of 15,780 men were added to the English armed forces by this compulsory measure, creating the "Army of Reserve". The act was passed by William Pitt the Younger despite strong political opposition.
- Great Britain: Number of Men Raised for the Regular Army, by Ordinary Recruiting, and by Transfers from the Militia: 13 November 1813
- English History, 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.
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