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The Recollections of Rifleman Harris

The Recollections of Rifleman Harris
Autor: BENJAMIN HARRIS
Data publikacji: 2006-11
ISBN: 9780304367375
Wydawca: Phoenix Press
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 19.3 x 18.6 x 1.1 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 160
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Benjamin Harris was a young shepherd from Dorset who joined the army in 1802 and later joined the dashing 95th Rifles. His battalion was ordered to Portugal, where he marched away under the burning sun, weighed down by his kit and great-coat, plus all the tools and leather he had to carry as the battalion's cobbler - 'the lapstone I took the liberty of flinging to the Devil'. Rifleman Harris was a natural story-teller with a remarkable tale to unfold, and his Recollections have become one of the most popular military books of all time.

Rifleman Harris's autobiographical account of fighting with the Greenjackets in the peninsular campaign provides a brilliant insight into the reality of a soldier's life in this period. Whether describing the horror of battle or his amorous adventures between engagements, his sharp eye and lively style bring his adventures vividly to life. A cobbler by trade, he was responsible for repairing the boots of soldiers whose footwear worn away with marching, but he also saw his share of action on the field. He was there during the successes led to the siege of Lisbon and there for the retreat to Corunna. Back in England, he recounts his adventures out recruiting before he set off on the disastrous expedition to Walcheran, which saw the Rifles overcome not by the enemy, but by disease. He himself fell victim to the illness, which saw him invalided out of the Army.

 

About the Author

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, 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.



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