Thursday, November 06, 2008
Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters by Mark Urban is a unit history of the 95th Regiment in the Napoleonic wars. This is popular history but for once that's not meant as a criticism. Urban manages to provide enough color to keep someone new interested while at the same time tapping into primary sources that have not been hashed and rehashed repeatedly. Those familiar with the Sharp books will already have some idea of the battles and campaigns covered. I'm pretty well-versed in the Peninsular campaign but even I learned a few things. Substantial notes and a bibliography makes this a must have.