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Captain of the 95th (Rifles) an Officer of Wellington's Sharpshooters During the Peninsular, South of France and Waterloo Campaigns of the Napoleonic: ... and Waterloo Campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars [Paperback]

Jonathan Leach
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1 Dec 2005
A Must for Peninsular War enthusiasts and all those interested in the famous green Riflemen Captain Leach brings his military experiences during the Napoleonic Wars into sharp relief. We share the rigours of campaigning and dangers of the battlefield, but his descriptions of the events in the broader military scene and his description of the country through which he journeys assist in bringing the era to life for everyone interested in the adventures of this famous regiment and its men.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: LEONAUR (1 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846770017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846770012
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book of Jonathan Leach’s Captain of the 95th Rifles in its unedited and unabridged form – the whole Rifleman! It is not a facsimile – all the typesetting is new, clean and legible.

It forms part of a series of accounts by rifleman published by Leonaur who also offer other Napoleonic history books.This book is one of several in our ‘Eyewitness to War’ series. Jonathan Leach is expensive on the antiquarian market but it is now available at normal paperback price.

There’s also a hardcover cloth bound with dustwrapper version at a price less than some facsimile paperbacks. This book will not appear on the publisher’s remainders market. Enjoy.


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It is good to read a non-fiction account of the Peninsular War. The 95th Regiment became famous for their use of the baker rifle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Captain's View 22 Nov 2009
By Luke A. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
The 95th Rifles were a remarkable regiment in many respects, but one of the most intriguing was their position on memoirs - they were one of the few regiments to actively encourage their officers and soldiers to write their memories of the wars. Jonathan Leach's recollections are very interesting, and wonderfully laid out in a new setting from Leonaur. They provide a window into the Peninsular Campaign, especially when combined with the memoirs of the enlisted men.

For further reading, I recommend John Kincaid's Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, George Simmon's Lieutenant Simmons of the 95th (Rifles): Recollections of the Peninsula, South of France & Waterloo Campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars. For the Enlisted man's point of view, the classic is of course Benjamin Harris' THE COMPLEAT RIFLEMAN HARRIS - THE ADVENTURES OF A SOLDIER OF THE 95TH (RIFLES) DURING THE PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS Costello's Rifleman Costello: The adventures of a soldier of the 95th (rifles) in the Peninsular & Waterloo Campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars and Surtees' SURTEES OF THE 95TH RIFLES - A SOLDIER OF THE 95TH (RIFLES) IN THE PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS.

In short, well worth it to anyone interested in the conflict. It also provides a brief but rare glimpse into garrison duty in the West Indies sugar islands - known then as the Fever Islands thanks to the high death rate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight 29 Jun 2009
By Jewel - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an easy read. I was expecting a heavy blow by blow tome. This turned out to be the notes/diary of a young man caught up in war. It showed the joy and foolhardiness of youth but gave insight into the life on the march. I walked, rode and struggled with this young captain. This is a book I will read again to see what I missed in my 1st read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gentleman's view 10 May 2008
By William B. Mayne - Published on Amazon.com
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Captain of the 95th (rifles) An officer of Wellington's Sharpshooters during the Peninsular, South of France and Waterloo campaigns of the Napoleonic wars provides a fine gentleman's view of life as a Captain in Wellington's campaigns. Illustrates the narrow view of the world and British society in the early 1800s. Do not expect much action. Provides an interesting companion to the Richard Sharpe series.
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