Military history

Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters

Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters

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.

Chapter 1. Departures - May 1809

Chapter 2. Talavera - July–August 1809

Chapter 3. Guadiana - August–December 1809

Chapter 4. Barba del Puerco - January–July 1810

Chapter 5. The Coa - July 1810

Chapter 6. Wounded - July–August 1810

Chapter 7. Busaco - September 1810

Chapter 8. The Corporal’s Stripes - September 1810–February 1811

Chapter 9. Pombal - March–April 1811

Chapter 10. Sabugal - April 1811

Chapter 11. Fuentes d’Onoro - May–June 1811

Chapter 12. The Gentleman Volunteer - June–September 1811

Chapter 13. Deserters - October–December 1811

Chapter 14. The Storm of Ciudad Rodrigo - January 1812

Chapter 15. The Reckoning - January–March 1812

Chapter 16. Badajoz - March–April 1812

Chapter 17. The Disgrace - April 1812

Chapter 18. The Salamanca Campaign - May–December 1812

Chapter 19. The Regimental Mess - December 1812–May 1813

Chapter 20. Vitoria - May–June 1813

Chapter 21. The Nivelle - July–November 1813

Chapter 22. The Nive - November–December 1813

Chapter 23. Tarbes - January–March 1814

Chapter 24. Castel Sarrazin - April–June 1814

Chapter 25. Quatre Bras - April–June 1815

Chapter 26. Waterloo - June 1815 and Afterwards

Chapter 27. The Legend is Born

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