Armies in the 18th century carried practically
no food with them but took it from the people in the country
they passed through.
For this reason warfare was
to a large extent seasonal. Battles took place
in the summer months because in the winter
there was little food to be had and in addition
the roads were impassable. There was a continual
battle within a battle where the local people tried to
hide their essential stores of food from the
This caused a great deal of hardship amongst local populations, the soldiers and the women and children who followed them. Soldiers through the ages have had to march long distances and fight battles, going for days without food .