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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 Paperback – December 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1846770012 ISBN-10: 1846770017 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: LEONAUR; First Edition edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846770017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846770012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,516 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luke A. Reynolds on November 22, 2009
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jewel on June 29, 2009
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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William B. Mayne on May 10, 2008
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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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