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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]

Captain Kincaid
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To Napoleon's troops, the sharp shooters of the 95th (Rifle) Regiment were 'the rascals in green', famed throughout Europe for their bravery, skill, and dash. Kincaid's Adventures in the Rifle Brigade was the first book to be published by a veteran, recounting the amazing escapades of this legendary unit in the war against French armies in Portugal and Spain. His second volume, Random Shots From a Rifleman, is just as vivid and memorable as the first, and finishes with a remarkable first-hand description of the Waterloo campaign from the ordinary soldier's point of view. The two volumes, here bound together in abridged form, add up to one of the most enthralling eyewitness records of regimental soldiering ever written. Although other Rifles memoirs quickly followed, none achieved the commercial or critical success of Kincaid's collection of unforgettable anecdotes.

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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
  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Military; Abridged edition (16 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5TXPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Napoleonic raconteur 3 Aug 2008
By Sean
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Mar 2013
By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Sep 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 22 Aug 2012
By Chris
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, great reading. 16 Mar 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Real first-hand history! 19 Feb 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 26 Jun 2014
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A potted history with some excellent stories of the war in the Peninsula.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rifle Brigade 17 Jun 2014
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Very good and informative. One of the Best books I have read on the Peninsular Campaign. A slow start but a great finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Most excellent!
Published 1 month ago by Redman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book again it's an area of history i have ...
Good book again it's an area of history i have been reading for over 30 years i have a large library of napoleon ix books so this era is always of interest to me personally good... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very readable book. The English used delightful. A Man who was very proud of his regiment and therefore failed to mention in any detail the excesses of the British troops... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aillas
3.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the rifle brigade
Interesting account of the peninsula wars brings too mind the sharp novels which were excellent .whilst marvelling at the duke of Wellington s command and his strategy and also the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by gary ozard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading.
I have no hesitation recommending this little book.
Kincaid had been referred to many times by modern historians and his writing is clear and informative.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Carolne J Eddleston
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Short, concise chapters. Easily readable; good historical accounts. Would have liked a little more information on personalities, emotions and battle scenes; or perhaps more... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
A good read of short stories/tales of the Rifle brigade by a good author, when you read the stories its like being there, and with me being ex forces I enjoyed it very much, Thank... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tony ex REME
4.0 out of 5 stars the 95th again!!
As an ex green jacket and having our ancestors (the 95th), in print again its important to remember the rifles were made up of many more rifle divisions! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. C. Evans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life sharpe
The real story of the rifles. Well told by someone who was there. All the excitement of an episode of sharpe
Published 10 months ago by Brian English
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