broad red backs

Discussion in 'English Only' started by redgiant, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. redgiant Senior Member

    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    I'd like to make sure if "broad red backs" refers to the British infantry or something else.

    : The twelfth charge of the French cavalry surged against the British infantry squares, a wave crashing upon a beachhead. The square in which John Freemantle sheltered with his Duke seemed to tremble under the onslaught, but the broad red backs before him held fast

    Source: Timepiece, Heather Albano

  2. Elwintee Senior Member

    London England
    England English
    Yes, you are right. The British soldiers forming the square are clothed in scarlet uniforms. When sheltering in the middle of the square an observer would see 'broad red backs'.
  3. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
  4. redgiant Senior Member

    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    Thank you Elwintee and Paul Q. That clears things up.

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