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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 First Edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 1846770017
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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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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,803,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Luke A. Reynolds on November 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
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.
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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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This book should be essential reading for anyone interested in the era, but it misses that mark. Captain Leach's chief qualification for writing about the 95th Rifles in the Peninsular campaigns is the fact that he was there. Past that, this book has little in the way of detail concerning what it was like to be one of the famous green Riflemen, actively involved in some of the greatest battles and campaigns of the Napoleonic era. The book has no illustrations, and indeed contains not even a single map. It's more of a "this happened on this date, and this happened the following day" kind of memoir. Each time historic context was sorely needed, Leach wrote something like, "Better pens than mine have written extensively about [this] episode; I can add nothing meaningful". The modern reader is left without any context or background. The prose is dated and somewhat cumbersome, and this doesn't help. Riflemen of the 95th were chosen for their intelligence, and most were literate. Several wrote books and memoirs, and I wish that I could recommend another book. Unfortunately, this is the first one of it's kind that I've read.
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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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OUTSTANDING VIEW OF PENINSULA WAR THROUGH EYES OF OFFICER RIGHT THERE
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