Rifles is Mark Urban’s exhilarating work of narrative history, described by Bernard Cornwell as ‘A great tale, and Mark Urban tells it superbly . . . If you like Sharpe, then this book is a must.’
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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 and thieving 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.
In an exhilarating work of narrative military history, Mark Urban traces the story of the 95th Rifles, the toughest and deadliest sharpshooters of Wellington’s Army.
‘If you like Sharpe, then this book is a must, your Christmas present solved.’ Bernard Cornwell, Daily Mail
‘Urban writes history the way it should be written, alive and exciting.’ Andy McNab
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