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Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters Kindle Edition
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Swift and bold
This is not a campaign history of the Peninsular war, although there is plenty of information on the subject, nor is it a regimental history of the 95th; it is more a personal history of the men of the 1st battalion of that unit that followed Wellington from Talavera to Waterloo. It focuses not only on their experiences in battle, be it in small skirmishes, large set piece battles or the storming of a breach but also on the day to day lives of the soldiers covering such topics as food, shelter, desertion, advancement, money and entertainment. All in all a great book and well worth a read for anyone wishing to find the true Richard Sharpes of Wellington's army.
The officer who hid in his tent to avoid a battle gets his due, so does the sergeant who got himself a comfy job in the hospital store room to avoid fighting. At the same time the guys who fought the French again and again - desperate not to let their regiment down despite suffering terrible conditions get the praise they deserve. In other words the 95th can at last be judged as real men rather than the two dimensional heroes of previous books.
Urban flags up the stories of several soldiers and officers to show what kind of people they were, where they came from, what their hopes and fears were. He shows also how the cameraderie between officers and men came to blow away the class system - with men of the Rifles themselves using the term 'Band of Brothers' that is now so familiar to us.
There are plenty of battle scenes and as many villains seem to wear British uniform as French. It really is an eye-opener, especially if you've read a bit about the Rifles before.
My only criticisms: not enough maps and it could have been longer - quite a few soldiers who you want to know more about but just get walk on parts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
condition not as good as i thought. but a very interesting read.Published 6 months ago by Robert rabbatts
A classic tale of a soldier in the Rifle Battalions in the Peninsular war and on to Waterloo. Gives a frank and often very full commentary on the officers and rankers, their lives,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert L. Watson
Great companion to the Sharpe novels. Well written and accessible history of the Riflemen. You can almost read it as a novel, because the various characters are so well drawn.Published 11 months ago by Ian Bertram
well packaged and delivered on time. great book. and good value.Published 13 months ago by david orr
This is an excellent account of the rifle brigade's time in the Peninsula War.
If you followed the exploits of Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe and want to get an actual feel for... Read more
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