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TALES FROM THE RIFLE BRIGADE: Adventures in the Rifle Brigade Random Shots From a Rifleman: "Adventures in the Rifle Brigade" AND "Random Shot Kindle Edition

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John Kincaid saw action with the 95th Rifles through several of the major campaigns and battles of the Napoleonic Wars. He went to the Iberian Peninsula with Wellington's army and was involved in most of the famous actions in Portugal and Spain - at Almeida, Fuentes D'Onor, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Vittoria and Toulouse, and he was in at the finish in Belgium, at Quatre Bras and Waterloo. Throughout the period he keenly observed and recorded his experiences and in later life produced two classic military

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Military; Abridged edition (19 Sept. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5TXPM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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If you could name one Peninsular memoir writer who leaps into fame (or infamy) more than any other that, writer would be certainly be Captain John Kincaid. His Adventures from the Rifle Brigade (1830) began the process of solidifying the fame of that august regiment; Kincaid was followed by Leech (1831), Costello (1841) and Harris (1848); Kincaid himself followed up with Random Shots from a Rifleman (1835), another volume of missing anecdotes and bits and pieces which he left out of Adventures. The discovery of George Simmons' diary and the publication of Harry Smith's autobiography at the tale end of the century seemed to complete the process. Naturally Bernard Cornwell placed Richard Sharpe in the green-jacket of the 95th. Kincaid can be credited with getting the ball rolling as to the process of eulogising the Rifles.

Kincaid entered the Peninsular War in 1810, was present at its conclusion and fought a year later at the Battle of Waterloo. Sir Charles Oman described him as remembering all the 'grotesque incidents, ludicrous situations, practical jokes and misadventures'. His memoirs are a farcical and an anecdotal burlesque. There is almost something Dickensian about his writings (I have Pickwick Papers in mind here). There is also a 'devil may care' attitude and John Bull stridency running throughout. Kincaid I imagine, Baker rifle in tow, would cut a frightening figure in these politically-correct times.

He describes the officer's regulation sabre as 'better calculated to shave a lady's maid than a Frenchman's head'. His particular trait is pinpointing eccentric regimental characters such as the gentlemen volunteer who 'though he always went into battle with us...no one ever saw him again until it was all over''.
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By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2013
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Not really of a military mind I read this book because I had enjoyed the stories of Harry Smith. This book is rather different. You feel you are with the brigade during battles. It is exciting, elating, sad and stimulating. Always felt that Johnny Kincaid was a devil me care fellow and it is true that to some extent he was. He was also sensitive,keenly observant and had a great sense of the ridiculous. I loved his humour above all.
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Another "Excellent book!". My review is word for word the same as I submitted for a similar book but this doesn't make it any less valid - This is a really excellent book! It is interesting to read something that was written so long ago rather than a modern interpretation of history.
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A very entertaining book and well worth a read if you are interested in the Peninsula war and Wellington's brilliant campaign. Highly Recommended
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Written by Captain John Kincaid this is the true stories of the 95th rifle regiment, made famous on tv by Sean Bean in Sharpe. If you like this period in history, you will enjoy the book which is full of humerous events, some of them grotesque. Vivid battle descriptions, especially Waterloo, and it leaves you in no doubt that back then, life was cheap. The narrative is a little old fashioned, but we'll worth reading.
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Short, concise chapters. Easily readable; good historical accounts. Would have liked a little more information on personalities, emotions and battle scenes; or perhaps more information on followers and baggage trains etc..
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I haven't finished this book yet but have enjoyed greatly the story line, and most of all the way its written and the English of that era. Great reading and will check if he has written any more.
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A great read, provided you are OK with the phrasing used by an educated man of the period. He pulls no punches!
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