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Starts off well, then droops badly,
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This review is from: Swift & Bold: The 60th Rifles During the Peninsula War (Regiments and Campaigns) (Paperback)
This little book, a reprint of an 1879 original, starts off very promisingly. Much detail about which officers commended which companies, where they were attached, the local elements of the actions they were involved in - just what a regimental history should consist of - all underpinned by contemporary (private) letters sent by Majors Woodgate, Galiffe, Andrews et al to their former commander, Col Davy. Then, alas, the letters run out in late 1811 and the author, although he makes a point of disagreeing with Napier's history of the Peninsular War on many issues, cannot resist the temptation to attempt what is effectively a second-rate general history of the war from that point. Only the casualty returns of the 5/60th maintain any pretence of a regimental focus.
There are good bits, but a frustrating work overall. If you want to read about either the war or the regiment, try something else - this falls lamely between the two.