A unique book - one of the most popular military books of all time A vivid and entirely authentic impression of what it was like to be a fighting soldier in the Napoleonic Wars Includes an introduction and notes by the distinguished historian Christopher Hibbert The same military campaign as featured in the TV drama series 'Sharpe' 'A most vivid record of the war in Spain and Portugal against Napoleon' Mail on Sunday 'Describing narrow squeaks and terrible deprivations, Harris's unflowery account of fortitude and resilience in Spain still bristles with a freshness and an invigorating spikiness' Scotland on Sunday
Benjamin Harris was a young shepherd from Dorset who joined the army in 1802 and later joined the 95th Rifles. He told his story to Henry Curling, an officer on the half-pay of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry, who came across him long after the war was over when Harris, discharged through ill health in 1814 and was working as a cobbler in Soho.Christopher Hibbert served as an infantry officer during the war, was twice wounded and was awarded the Military Cross in 1945. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Hon. D. Litt of Leicester University.Previous titles include:None.