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Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters

Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters

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By (author) Mark Urban

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non-Fiction
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 24mm | 284g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571216811
  • ISBN 13: 9780571216819
  • Illustrations note: 8pp colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 121,149

Product description

As part of the Light Division created to act as the advance guard of Wellington's army, the 95th Rifles are the first into battle and the last out. Fighting, thieving and raping their way across Europe, they are clearly no ordinary troops. The 95th are in fact the first British soldiers to take aim at their targets, to take cover when being shot at, to move tactically by fire and manoeuvre. And by the end of the six-year campaign they have not only proved themselves the toughest fighters in the army, they have also - at huge personal cost - created the modern notion of the infantryman. 'If you like Sharpe, then this book is a must, your Christmas present solved.' Bernard Cornwell, Daily Mail 'A brilliant warts-and-all depiction of Wellington's famous riflemen.' Daily Telegraph

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Author information

Mark Urban is Diplomatic and Defence Editor for Newsnight. He is the author of, among others, Big Boys' Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA, Rifles and Fusiliers.

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'If you like Sharpe, then this book is a must, your Christmas present solved.' Bernard Cornwell, Daily Mail 'A brilliant warts-and-all depiction of Wellington's famous riflemen.' Daily Telegraph