Marching with Sharpe: What it was like to fight in Wellington's Army

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‘First-hand’ details of how life was like for British soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars.

Created from first-hand written accounts and contemporary military manuals of the time, this remarkable text presents a fascinating insight into the nitty-gritty of everyday life for the British soldier in wartime leading up to the Battle of Waterloo.

Photos of original items of equipment and of modern day re-enactment groups, Marching with Sharpe reveals what it was really like for ordinary soldiers and their camp followers.

Find out how the rifle developed from the musket; what kit the soldiers carried; how they kept dry in the mountains of Spain; what they ate; how the infantry faced charging cavalry; what the battlefield was like after ‘victory’.

Re-enactment is a growing ‘family’ activity, so there were plenty of troops and ‘camp followers’ to help the author illustrate the lives of the men and indeed the women and children who accompanied the regiments on campaign.

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In MARCHING WITH SHARPE, the words of the soldiers of the Duke of Wellington's army tell the story, and the photographs give it sight.

Patrick O'Brian (The Aubrey/Maturian Series) called the technique "Stitching Passages," where the author combines first hand recollections of participants, eye-witnesses, etc., into a coherent tale, forming a bridge to their thoughts and experiences -- complete with the turn of a phrase, the lilt in the tone, and their unique twists on the syntax of the English language.

Hopefully, you will feel you are there around the fire after a long, hard day in the Peninsula, getting to know these men who, against the odds, defeated the might of Napoleonic France; describing in their own terms, their fun, their fashions, their food, their feats; the obstacles they overcame, the tragedies of their failures, and the forces of their victories.

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'‘First-hand’ details of how life was like for British soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars.

Created from first-hand written accounts and contemporary military manuals of the time, this remarkable text presents a fascinating insight into the nitty-gritty of everyday life for the British soldier in wartime leading up to the Battle of Waterloo.

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